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Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 (2005) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Ayase Haruka (Actor)
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Three-time Godzilla director Tezuka Masaaki helms Samurai Commando: Mission 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 reimagining of the 1970s era film tops the original on every level! To add 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!

Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 revolves around a highly classified test involving an experimental 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 Samurai Commando: Mission 1549, a modern remake that outdoes the original!

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Product Title: Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 (2005) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 戰國自衛隊 1549 (2005) (DVD) (台灣版) 战国自卫队 1549 (2005) (DVD) (台湾版) Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 (2005) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 (2005) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | Ayase Haruka (Actor) | Kaga Takeshi (Actor) 江口洋介 (Actor) | 鈴木京香 (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 綾瀨遙 (Actor) | 鹿賀丈史 (Actor) 江口洋介 (Actor) | 铃木京香 (Actor) | 北村一辉 (Actor) | 绫濑遥 (Actor) | 鹿贺丈史 (Actor) 江口洋介 (Actor) | 鈴木京香 (Actor) | 北村一輝 (Actor) | 綾瀬はるか (Actor) | 鹿賀丈史 (Actor) Eguchi Yosuke (Actor) | Suzuki Kyoka (Actor) | Kitamura Kazuki (Actor) | 아야세 하루카 (Actor) | Kaga Takeshi (Actor)
Director: Tezuka Masaaki Tezuka Masaaki Tezuka Masaaki 手塚昌明 Tezuka Masaaki
Release Date: 2012-08-21
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Hi-Fi Stereo
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 91 (mins)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031349858

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  日本陸上自衛所秘密進行的人工磁場實驗中,由於神崎怜二尉(鈴木京香 飾)的誤判而發生了大規模的暴走事故。日由的場一佐(鹿賀)所率領的精銳部隊,穿越時光回到了460年前日本戰國時代。結果,因為干涉到過去的歷史而讓現在的時空產生數個虛數空間的大洞,而這些大洞開始慢慢擴大並侵蝕掉現代的時空,曾隸屬於的場所率領的鹿島勇祐(江口洋介 飾)為了解救消失在時光隧道另一端的夥伴並挽救逐漸消失的現代日本,決定加入由神崎組成的解救部隊。於是他們賭上性命,穿梭時空回到460年前的日本,但完成任務的時間只有74小時26分,如果超過了這個時間,就會被留在過去,再也回不來。然而等著鹿島的卻是已經被野心矇蔽,取代正史中的梟雄織田信長,意圖改變歷史的的場...
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Professional Review of "Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 (2005) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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.

by Todd Brown -

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