by Chris MaGee
Okay, I'm used to fan films for things like "Star Wars" and "Star Trek", but fan films based on old 1960s yakuza films? Now that's an idea I can get behind, at least in principal. Earlier this week when I was fishing around on YouTube for a possible English trailer for Gô Ohara’s "Geisha vs. Ninja" which has been renamed "Geisha Assassin" by its North American distributors I came across another "Geisha Assassin". This one, directed by a fellow named Michael Anderson, is a 9-minute short that pays homage to 1960s yakuza films, although it muddles up some details right off the bat. It's a nice touch that he uses the Janus Films logo beforehand to give it that authentic feel, but why he would attach logos for Toho and Shochiku, competing studios, before the credits I don't know. Toei would have been a much better choice... but nit-picking aside "Geisha Assassin" appears to be made with a definite love of the genre, but wow! Marvel at lead actress Helena Kljaic's, a music video director from L.A., repeated deadpan delivery of her one line, "Hai." I know hai has multiple subtle meanings, but this is nuts!
This one has that nasty "Embedding disabled by request" tag on it, so head over to YouTube to check this one out.