Samurai Reincarnation (1981)

Adapting Futaro Yamada’s 1967 novel, Samurai Reincarnation, writer/director Kinji Fukasaku crafts a historical fantasy which begins over 350 years ago following the Shimabara Rebellion. A revolt led to thousands of Christians being slaughtered by the Tokugawa regime, as horrifically conveyed within a display of severed heads – with many split in half to exaggerate the final total. After being resurrected, Christian rebellion leader Shiro Amakusa (Kenji Sawada) renounces God amidst this barbaric exhibition. Swearing vengeance for the slain Christians of all ages and genders, he turns to hell’s forces to commit carnage against the Shogun responsible for the massacre.

My review of Samurai Reincarnation is now available to read at The Geek Show.