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Curse of the Undead Yoma
My first though after watching this was, "Hey, it's Ninja Scroll, but done poorly!".
Almost everything about this movie ends up flat. The plot simply involves a samurai named Hikage searching for his missing friend who has disappeared. It's a fairly linear affair, rather predictable, and acts as an excuse to have the "hero" chop up various beasties. Unfortunately, since I didn't care about the hero, I didn't care about his actions. Emotionless ninja are fine as minor characters, but incredibly boring when focused on. I suppose if you're a horror junkie you might find some of the zombies, monsters, etc, appealing. There's a fair bit of blood and gore, which should appeal to action fans, but I found it rather unimpressive.
Visually, everything had a dull appearance, but this was probably done on purpose to help convey a sense of horror. The background art was generally pretty good, though, although the animation wasn't the greatest.
If you're looking for a good ninja movie, go rent Ninja Scroll. Curse of the Undead Yoma will probably just bore all but the most blood-thirsty action fans.
The Verdict: * * (poor)
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