by Chris MaGee
While I'm not a huge action movie fan (I leave the action film connoisseurship up to filmmaker and Pow-Wow writer Matt Hardstaff) I've said it before and I'll say it again that I have a soft spot for Tak Sakaguchi. Not only does he have insane action chops, but he's not afraid to laugh at his macho image as is evident in the films of Yudai Yamaguchi such as "Battlefield Baseball" and "Cromartie High: The Movie". I have to say that I didn't even mind Sakaguchi in the absolutely over the top "Death Trance", so when news broke yesterday about his upcoming directorial effort even an art film snob like myself had to sit up and take notice.
According to 24 Frames per Second the 34-year-old actor/ director/ martial arts expert will be following up his first two feature films "Be a Man! samurai School" and "Zombie Samurai" with a project that will blow all the other genre film poseurs out of the water.
Sakaguchi is currently woking on his third film to be titled "The Blood of Wolves", a tale of a lone warrior that he's calling a "super genre movie". The film will follow a ronin named Seijyuro (to be portrayed by Sakaguchi?) and his wolf companion Jyubei as he joins forces with a lethal female fighter against a foe who's described as the "terrifying incarnation of absolute malevolence". Sounds as over the top as "Death Trance", yes, but wait for this. Sakaguchi is talking about how this film is being influenced by such great Japanese stars as Shintaro Katsu, his brother Tomisaburo Wakayama, star of the "Lone Wolf and Cub" films, and the great Toshiro Mifune. In the end Sakaguchi is aiming for nothing less than "a super genre movie, Samurai action drama, mixing original sword action with the latest special effects makeup."
No form date as to when we can expect "The Blood of Wolves", but you know we'll keep our ear to the ground for additional details. Thanks to Marc Walkow for the great image of Tak Sakaguchi above.