The Sword of Alexander (AKA: Taitei No Ken) (DVD) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2
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Free-spirited wandering swordsman Yorozu Genkuro (Abe Hiroshi) easily towers over everyone with his tall, lanky stature and all-mighty "Sword of Alexander". His larger-than-life sword is one of three sacred objects carved from orichalcum, an otherworldly metal that brings its owner superhuman powers. He who possess all three objects will rule the world, and Genkuro is on a quest to find the other two items - a cross and a dagger - and a man worthy of wielding such powers. On the road, he rescues and befriends the lovely Princess Mai (Hasegawa Kyoko), who is on the run from the Tokugawa, and her scrappy ninja bodyguard (Kudo Kankuro). This turns out to be the beginning of a myriad of troubles for Genkuro as there are a plentitude of Tokugawa assassins and warriors, not to mention an alien-possessed bear hunter, all out to get the princess.
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|Product Title:||The Sword of Alexander (AKA: Taitei No Ken) (DVD) (Japan Version) 大帝之劍 (DVD) (日本版) 大帝之剑 (DVD) (日本版) 大帝の剣 The Sword of Alexander (AKA: Taitei No Ken) (DVD) (Japan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Abe Hiroshi | Hasegawa Kyoko | Kudo Kankuro | Kuroki Meisa | Honda Hirotaro | Ohkura Koji | Endo Kenichi | Sugimoto Aya | Musaka Naomasa | Takeuchi Riki | Emori Toru | Tsugawa Masahiko 阿部寬 | 長谷川京子 | 宮藤官九郎 | 黑木美紗 | 本田博太郎 | 大倉孝二 | 遠藤憲一 | 杉本彩 | 六平直政 | 竹內力 | 江守徹 | 津川雅彥 阿部宽 | 长谷川京子 | 宫藤官九郎 | 黑木美纱 | 本田博太郎 | 大仓孝二 | 远藤宪一 | 杉本彩 | 六平直政 | 竹内力 | 江守彻 | Tsugawa Masahiko 阿部寛 | 長谷川京子 | 宮藤官九郎 | 黒木メイサ | 本田博太郎 | 大倉孝二 | 遠藤憲一 | 杉本彩 | 六平直政 | 竹内力 | 江守徹 | 津川雅彦 Abe Hiroshi | Hasegawa Kyoko | Kudo Kankuro | Kuroki Meisa | Honda Hirotaro | Ohkura Koji | Endo Kenichi | Sugimoto Aya | Musaka Naomasa | Takeuchi Riki | Emori Toru | Tsugawa Masahiko|
|Director:||Tsutsumi Yukihiko 堤幸彥 堤幸彦 堤幸彦 Tsutsumi Yukihiko|
|Publisher Product Code:||DSTD-2721|
|Place of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004864770|
堤幸彦 (監督) / 阿部寛 / 長谷川京子 / 宮藤官九郎 / 夢枕獏 (原作)
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2007
時は華のお江戸に徳川幕府が生まれた数十年後くらい。主人公はその人並みはずれた巨体に大剣を背負う万 源九郎（阿部 寛）。その大剣は、持った者に想像を絶する力を与えるオリハルコンという謎の地球外金属で作られた“三種の神器”の一つ“大帝の剣”。この世にはあと２つ、同じオリハルコンから作られた“闘神の独鈷杵”と“ゆだの十字架”が存在し、３つの神器全てを手にした者は世界を征するほどの凄まじい力が手に入ると言い伝えられている。 源九郎は亡き祖父の「“三種の神器”を本来持つべき者に届けよ」という遺言を受け継ぎ、残り２つの神器を求めて旅を続けていた。その旅の道中、豊臣の血を引くがゆえに徳川から命を狙われる麗しき姫・舞（長谷川京子）に出会う。襲われる舞を救った成り行きで舞と彼女を守る真田の忍者・佐助（宮藤官九郎）と共に旅を続けることになった。旅を続けるうちに、不可解な言動を見せ始める舞。なんと、舞の体内にはオリハルコンを求めて地球にやってきた宇宙人ランが寄生していたのだ！更に、その様子を密かに覗う謎の美剣士・牡丹（黒木メイサ）もまた、オリハルコンを求めていた。 一方、“三種の神器”と舞の命を狙う徳川が放つ破顔坊（竹内 力）、黒虫（六平直政）、姫夜叉（杉本 彩）、手妻の藤次（大倉考二）といった妖怪忍者軍団“土蜘蛛衆”。そして、宇宙人ランを追って、宇宙の果てから宿敵ダクシャが来襲し、野性の熊、猟師の権三（遠藤憲一）、破顔坊と次々にその宿主を変え、源 九郎たちの行く手を阻む。 次々に襲い掛かる人智を超えた敵、オリハルコンをめぐる壮絶な死闘に、源九郎は不敵に笑う…おもしれぇ！！
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Oh, my. I need to see more from Sword of Alexander director Tsutsumi Yukihiko and I need to see it now. This could easily be viewed as the Japanese equivalent of Big Trouble In Little China, a very deliberate cult film that features a-list talent not slumming exactly, but absolutely reveling in every bit of goofy sci-fi, martial arts and fantasy imagery that stoked their collective imaginations as children. And, believe me, when you're a child in Japan, there's a lot of crazy stuff to choose from. A giant man with a gianter sword, rival aliens possessing human bodies, a villain who can transform himself into a swarm of hungry locusts, cult icon Riki Takeuchi in his most gloriously over the top performance in years, and a mad dash for a trio of mystical artifacts that will grant their holder the ultimate power - Sword of Alexander has it all. Plus a guy with a bear's arm for no particular reason other than that it's fun.
Hiroshi Abe stars as Genkuro Yorozu, a positively enormous, half black man wielding a ridiculously large claymore - a type of two handed sword - that once belonged to Alexander the Great. A disarmingly simple and naive man, Genkuro approaches the world with the sort of wonder you'd see from a child, which seems like it should be at odds with the sort of destructive force he can become when he wishes, but hey: kids like to break stuff, too. Genkuro's sword, as it turns out, is one of three mystical artifacts made of a mysterious outer space alloy and legend has it that whoever can gather all three artifacts together will wield the greatest power in the universe. Genkuro doesn't much seem to care about wielding the ultimate power - hell, he doesn't even care about washing his kimono - but apparently he's the only one.
The Tokugawa shogun has enslaved countless peasants, forcing them to dig for the other two artifacts. A rival princess - the last of her line - and her clan of ninja bodyguards - the key one of whom is played by Ping Pong and Zebraman screenwriter Kankuro Kudo - are desperate to unite the three to preserve their line. A mysterious, strangely effeminate samurai is lurking around the outskirts of the action. The supernaturally powered Arachnid Clan of ninjas - Monk Grin (Riki Takeuchi), the aforementioned locust man, and a lusty woman with ominous hair - want all three to make themselves tyrants over all Japan. And then, of course, there are the battling aliens who crash to earth and take possession of host bodies each hoping to get the artifacts and destroy the other, thus putting an end to a thousand year old war. Yes, this movie has a full on space battle despite being primarily a period set fantasy film. It also has a love scene in which Genkuro and Princess Mai - possessed by an alien spirit - do the deed by putting their fingers in each other's ears. It's that sort of film.
I'm going to appropriate a line here that fellow Twitch-er Canfield once applied to another film: The Sword Of Alexander feels like a film made by very talented people who sat down and drew up a list of everything they wanted to see in a film when they were children and then made that film. Super powered heroes, ridiculously over the top bad guys, an epic quest, gravity defying martial arts, space ships, and more, more, more. There's considerably more than just the kitchen sink in here and it's gloriously goofy fun. Very highly recommended.
by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net
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June 24, 2008
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"Sword of Alexander" is crazy, action-packed, hilarious, rollicking fun. The story involves three objects that have hurtled to earth from outer space which have unstoppable powers when used together. Abe Hiroshi plays Genkuro, a heroic larger-and-stinkier-than-life character who possesses one of the three objects, the Sword of Alexander.
Genkuro uses the mighty blade to rescue Princess Mai (Hasegawa Kyoko), who happens to be possessed by a weird liquid space creature. Kuroki Meisa plays an impossibly beautiful swordsman who occasionally intervenes with mysterious, but apparently noble, motives. The cast includes a wide assortment of ninja warriors possessing outlandish abilities and mythical beasts unlike anything I've seen before.
In short, "Sword of Alexander" is a gloriously chaotic film in which the filmmakers' imaginations simply were allowed to run wild. However, the movie, as presented on this DVD, has two significant flaws. First, it has been badly chopped into a full-screen format; this movie definitely should have been presented in widescreen. Second, because it is based upon an open-ended novel -- a novel which has no end -- the makers of this movie had to concoct their own ending. Unfortunately, the ending they chose is a terrible anticlimax.
Nonetheless, I recommend the film very highly for those, like me, who are thrilled to revel in its outlandish story, goofy sense of humor, bizarre characters, and cheesy special effects. "Sword of Alexander" is a hoot!