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Three-time Godzilla director Tezuka Masaaki helms Sengoku Jietai 1549 ("Samurai Commando 1549"), a contemporary remake of Saito Kosei's 1979 film GI Samurai, a time travel tale that starred the legendary actor Sonny Chiba. With a script by popular novelist Fukui Harutoshi, state-of-the-art CGI special effects, and topical references to North Korea and Iraq, this reimagination of the 1970s era film looks to top the original on every level! To realism to its sensational tale, the film was made with the participation of Japan's Special Defense Force and features actual military vehicles and equipment, from tanks to helicopters and everything in between!

Sengoku Jietai 1549 revolves a highly classified test involving an experiemental magnetic shield. When the second lieutenant in charge Rei Kanzaki (Suzuki Kyoka) accidentally causes a rift in the space time continuum, a group of SDF soldiers are thrown back in time to the year 1549! The government tries to cover up the accident, but years later, when an opportunity arises, a military unit codenamed "Romeo" is sent through the portal of time to bring back their missing comrades and save the world from total annihilation. Led by Kashima (Yosuke Eguchi), this special unit soon discovers that the previous unit's head honcho, Colonel Matoba (Kaga Takeshi), has tried to change the course of history by transforming Japan into the dominant world superpower! Can he be defeated? And if not, how will his meddling affect time itself? It'll take a lot more than luck for these soldiers to get back to the future, but all will be revealed in Sengoku Jietai 1549, a modern remake that just might outdo the original!

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Product Title: Sengoku Jieitai 1549 Normal Edition (Limited Edition)(Japan Version) 戰國自衛隊1549 標準裝備版 (限定版)(日本版) 战国自卫队1549 标准装备版 (限定版)(日本版) 戦国自衛隊1549 標準装備版 (初回限定生産2枚組)(日本版) Sengoku Jieitai 1549 Normal Edition (Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Eguchi Yosuke | Suzuki Kyoka | Kaga Takeshi | Kitamura Kazuki | Ayase Haruka 江口洋介 | 鈴木京香 | 鹿賀丈史 | 北村一輝 | 綾瀨遙 江口洋介 | 铃木京香 | 鹿贺丈史 | 北村一辉 | 绫濑遥 江口洋介 | 鈴木京香 | 鹿賀丈史 | 北村一輝 | 綾瀬はるか Eguchi Yosuke | Suzuki Kyoka | Kaga Takeshi | Kitamura Kazuki | 아야세 하루카
Release Date: 2005-12-22
Publisher Product Code: DABA-196
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: KADOKAWA Entertainment
Other Information: 2DVD
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004060349

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June 27, 2006

This professional review refers to Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 - a remake of classic cult film GI Samurai - is one seriously silly piece of work. With a plot line built around modern-day soldiers warped back in time to Japan's Warring States period in which they do full-on battle with clans of warring samurai, the film could be nothing but B. When the concept is further accented with resolutely straight-faced performances and a wild disregard for internal logic - half a squad of military fighters construct a massive castle complex with a working oil refinery in under two years while also cooking up the belief that nuking Mount Fuji is the key to a more prosperous future - the film is elevated to high camp.

The film opens on a secretive Japan Self Defense Force base where a new shielding system designed to protect electronic equipment from solar flare distortion is being tested. The system fails and fails spectacularly, generating a circular field that swaps a large patch of modern-day real estate with its equivalent real estate from more than four hundred years previous, taking the entire squadron of soldiers and all of their equipment with it. Two years later, dimensional holes have begun to open up, hungry voids that absorb everything around them into nothingness, and the holes are growing rapidly. History, it seems, is being re-written and our entire dimension is in danger of collapse. And so the original experiment is recreated, this time intentionally, with a second squadron sent back on a rescue mission.

Accompanying the squadron is former lieutenant Kashima, a former member of the experimental squadron and the only man to ever match its leader in military tactics. On arrival the rescue squadron quickly learns that their worst fears are true and that the original squadron have used their military superiority to their own advantage, setting themselves up as local warlords with an eye to domination of all Japan and a complete restructuring of history, a plan that for reasons which are never even remotely explained somehow involve the dropping of a nuclear device down a shaft bored into the core of Mount Fuji. The rescue plan is now replaced with an attempt to eliminate the well-fortified original squadron.

This is the sort of film you see for one reason and one reason only: machine guns and assault helicopters pitted against swords and arrows. Samurai Commando does not disappoint on this front. The action comes early, it comes often, and it is every bit as ridiculous as you could hope for. The effects are at a suitably cheesy Sci-Fi Channel level and the cast - which features a good number of familiar faces in key roles - play things completely straight. With a concept as ridiculous as this, there's no need for nodding self reference or rapid fire one liners - we already know we're in the middle of something goofy without them - and the decision to play the material seriously is clearly the correct one.

The freshly released Hong Kong DVD is a mixed bag. The transfer is clear but non-anamorphic with the original Japanese audio and perfectly serviceable English subtitles. It's not the sort of film that you'd expect to see get the deluxe treatment but in this day and age, letterboxed releases are pretty much inexcusable. The sound comes in a pair of surround options - DTS and EX - so you can fully appreciate all the gunfire and arrow strikes. A great film it is not, but it exists on a satisfyingly large scale and makes for good b-grade fun. Though the DVD release could be improved it certainly gets the job done.

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