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Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Samurai Avenger

Chopstick Cinema

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It’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, it’s Kill Bill, it’s the Seven Samurai…all rolled into one! The title character started out as an ordinary family man, and life was a dream until that fateful day when he lost his wife, his daughter, and his eyesight at the hands of Nathan Flesher, a villainous, blood-thirsty psychopath. It’s eight years later, Nathan Flesher is being released from prison, and it’s time for revenge. Now known only as The Blind Wolf, the Samurai Avenger sets out on a quest to settle the score, but along the way, he must first defeat the seven samurai assassins hired to kill him.

Disguised as the worst example of its genre, Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf is a masterpiece of kitsch, with characters so one-dimensional, a plot so simplistic, irony so conspicuous, special effects so artless, and like a four-car pile-up on the L.A. expressway, it’s so astonishing you can’t take your eyes off it. But the true irony is, that this film is so bad, it’s pure genius.

Join me this week on Chopstick Cinema for a closer look at the Asian entries in the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday, February 25 and runs through Sunday, March 8. For further informa tion on the film and the festival, visit the Cinequest website.

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