Last time we looked at a version of the much-adapted Satomi Hakkenden from the golden age of Japanese swashbucklers. But it is a newer version most of us are familiar with, Legend of the Eight Samurai(aka Legend of the Eight Ninjas).
Produced by Kadokawa as a neo-chambara for the post-Star Wars age, it featured a cast of action legends and teen idols, amazing sets and costumes, and big budget optical effects.
And some downright frightening creature and corpse effects!
This Kinji Fukusaku-directed masterpiece of the era deserves a more thorough write-up someday, but for this month it’s all about the monsters. The Adness DVD from a few years back is superb and easy to come by. I highly recommend, even if there isn’t a toad in this version.