Zombie Of The Week: Yoroi: The Samurai Zombie

Posted by Grey Saturday, October 3, 2009

Samurai... Zombie? Okay, considered it sold.

Released earlier this year in Japan, it sure seemed that this low-budget splatterfest had some problem exporting itself. Well, that's what friends are for. And a Zombie friend, at that.

A brief plot synopsis via Twitch:

This Japanese low-budget action drama follows a family on a trip that encounters a man threatening them with a gun on a desolate mountain trail. At a moment of maximum tension, a couple shows up out of nowhere, kills the man and disappears again, and shortly after a lunatic old lady comes and warns them of death. The frightened family is headed for a showdown for no reason with samurai zombies resurrected from their graves.

Samurai Zombie is a so-called fusion-style film that has established itself as a trend. What starts out as an action movie turns into a gory horror film and then goes back to action all over again. Each genre is decorated with utter tackiness. Zombies resort to traditional action using swords and bows rather than biting off the alive and actors demonstrate what overacting really is as they take comic motions at the most serious moments. Attraction of this film brimming with exaggeration throughout should be found in its freewheeling style. The unexpected, hidden drama is quite interesting as well.

While The Daily Zombies obviously chronicles all the ups-and-downs of the Living Undeads, we do put an additional close eye on them every week, celebrating zombie kind by featuring the particular Zombie, or Zombies of the week.


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