films seen
3
average score
4.00*
nationality
Japan - 50 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

Death Trance

by Yuji Shimomura
Specifics
2005 / 89m - Japan
Genre
Action, Fantasy
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Death Trance poster

Death Trance didn't perform very well internationally, possibly explaining why this is Shimomura's only film to date.

The good stuff

Crazy Samurai Musashi

by Yuji Shimomura
Specifics
2020 / 91m - Japan
Genre
Action
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Crazy Samurai Musashi poster

A 75-minute, one take, no cuts, sword fighting action scene lies at the heart of this film, where Tak Sakaguchi takes on between 400 and 600 (because who's counting) adversaries with only a single sword. This is a film that deliberately seeks out the audience's breaking point, but if you manage to withstand the all-out assault it's an amazing experience. One of a kind, crazy Musashi indeed.

Solid pieces

Re:Born

by Yuji Shimomura
Specifics
2016 / 115m - Japan
Genre
Action, Crime, Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Re:Born poster

Re:Born thrives on solid action choreography. There's plenty of it and Tak Sakaguchi is the perfect man for the job. Lacks interesting villains though and whenever people stop killing each other it gets a little bland. Not too long and good fun, but Shimomura can do better.