"Ghost Warrior (1986/MGM Limited Edition Collection)" Review

Review: When I came across a chance to review this flick I jumped on the chance because it has one of the most ridiculous plots I have heard in quite some time. This film stars Hiroshi Fujioka who I am not too familiar with, but I can say he looks in ways like Sonny Chiba who plays as an ancient samurai warrior Yoshimitsu that is frozen for over 400 years then brought back to life by cryosurgery. After killing a a staff member he wanders off into a world that has changed and must do anything it takes to survive the modern world of true savages.

 At first all I could think is how unbelievable this films plot is but after I let my gaurd down I really started to enjoy the film for what it is. They take the "fish out of water" theme and mix it with a samurai and modern times, but add in some drama to make this film something worth watching. I can't say that this film had the greatest characters, even with that said there was a couple characters who really did help keep this film together and those ones were Chris Welles (Janet Julian) who is a doctor wanting to help Yoshimitsu and of course Yoshimitsu who you will really feel for him in his situation.
One thing that was quite interesting to find out is that this film was produced by Full Moon Features owner Charles Band and executive produced buy Albert band which of course is Charles Bands father, and the score was done by Richard Band who is his brother which I think is pretty cool. Overall this is a pretty cool film that I think more people who are fans of either the sci-fi or samurai genres should give a chance because I think this film will surprise you on how good it actually is.
The picture quality on this release looks great, there is very minimal damage and is very much cleaned up. Now the only thing that sucks is that it is letterboxed widescreen which kills it for watching on a widescreen TV. Other than that both picture and audio are great.

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: J. Larry Carroll

Genre: Sci-fi/Martial Arts/Drama
DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 1986
Time Length: 81 mins.
Company: MGM Home Entertainment
Website: www.mgm.com

 

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