The Legend of Zipang (1990)
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Country: Japan | Director: Kaizô Hayashi
Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 118mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 867×480 – 23.976fps – 1.69gb
Set in a fantasy futuristic medieval Japan, ‘Zipang’ is a deliciously quirky action movie following the wacky adventures of outlaw Jigoku-goraku-Maru as he is pursued by a band of bounty hunters led by Teppo Oyuri otherwise known as Pistol Lily. During their escapades they meet a half naked guy and decide to help him recover the legendary sword thought to be the key to ‘Zipang’– the city of gold where his lover is held hostage by the evil king.
The characters are interesting, requiring no real development due to their comic book style appeal. Director Kaizo Hayashi does a great job paying a tongue-in-cheek tribute to an era of classic martial arts characters including a not-so-blind samurai and a ninja displaying amazingly ability. The style over substance element means the film does slow down at points and the ridiculous plot doesn’t give the viewer enough to cling on to. But who cares? The action scenes are excellent and the humour is great, remaining buoyant even when the plot spirals into absurdity.