Yamada: Samurai of Ayothaya

2010

Action / Drama / History

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IMDb Rating 6 10 1,229

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Reviewed by ebiros2 8 / 10 / 10

Beautifully Shot Film With Great Action

This is a beautifully shot film based on the legend of Nagamasa Yamada who was a Japanese Samurai that decided to adopt Ayothaya as his country. The story is largely fictitious, as historic life of Nagamasa is not well known. Japanese actor Seigi Oozeki who moved to Thailand in 2003, and a Thai actor Buakhao Paw Pramuk who's a real life K1 boxer plays the two leads in this movie. Beautiful Thai actress Kanokkorn Jaicheun plays the role of the girl who nurses Nagamasa back to health. The story takes place in the early 17th century. Back then, Ayuthaya region had a small but solid Japanese community consisting of about 1500 people. Many were of Samurai origin who lost their lord in Japan due to battle, and couldn't find employment in their native country. These Samurais were hired as soldiers by the Ayothaya who found Portuguese ( that also had their own town near by ) to be unreliable soldiers due to various reasons. Ayothaya at the time was being invaded by Burmese Toungoo Dynasty, and Spanish navy, so they needed soldiers. There were also trade between Ayothaya, and the Japanese, and many Japanese swords were imported into the region as hinted in this movie. In this movie, Nagamasa Yamada ( Seigi Oozeki ) was one of the soldiers working for king of Ayothaya with his fellow Japanese. There are sect of villains that are attacking the people of Ayothaya. They are supposed to be Burmese soldiers, but upon killing them he finds out that they are Japanese disguised as Burmese. Nagamasa also finds out that his lieutenant commander is the leader of this criminal group. He gets ambushed, and nearly gets killed, but Ayothaya warriors shows up and saves his life. People of Ayothaya nurses him back to health, and Nagamasa learns the fighting skills of Ayothaya. He has a score to settle, but he's also a marked man because he's seen the face of the culprit who's spreading terror amongst the people. The movie states that it's a commemoration of 124 years of relation between the country of Thailand, and Japan, but is also an excellent action movie. If you've seen Ong Bak 2 and 3, you know what I mean. Quality of Thai movies in recent years has skyrocketed, and this movie is of high quality that sports good acting, and beautiful production. The English translation of this movie wasn't entirely accurate. At parts, Nagamasa is saying something that's totally different from the subtitle. So the cultural element of his love for the country may not have been conveyed properly. It's a story about one man who got accepted into the society, and found it deeply touched his person. Many people points the story's similarity with Tom Cruise's "The Last Samurai" but I didn't find this to be the case. The movie had mood all its own. First of all, Nagamasa is not troubled in any ways about his past. He never found himself to be "captured" by total strangers, and he found friendship with local people immediately. If you like the new generation of Thai action films, this movie should appeal to you, but it's also a beautiful story of a man who's life was transformed by the culture of the country. It's a great movie with great action, and is recommended for viewing.

Reviewed by kosmasp 3 / 10 / 10

Samurai way or the Highway

Highway to heaven (or hell for all I know) that is. A very OTT movie, that does not involve much acting, but does rely on a historic event (though you won't be alone if that "fact" brings up a chuckle or two, especially during the movie). The fighting is pretty good, the (obvious) CGI not that much. Language switches between Japanese and Thai, while the story goes places you will expect it to go (no surprises there). There are of course better movies out there, but if you are a fan of "eastern" movies you can risk a look at this. Especially if you don't mind the (CGI) blood that'll spill all over your screen!

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 3 / 10 / 10

Thai historical war flick on a budget

YAMADA, WAY OF THE SAMURAI is another historical Thai martial arts flick along the lines of BANG RAJAN, although it's a far cry from the quality of that movie. This is a low-budget misfire that purports the tell the true story of a Japanese samurai warrior who finds himself fighting on the side of the Thais against some evil oppressors and assassins. The story's okay but the execution isn't. For an action film, YAMADA, WAY OF THE SAMURAI is remarkably short on fight scenes. There are a few scenes of training and the like, but the action is limited to only one battle scene and the final fight. While the hard-hitting choreography is acceptable, too much of the fighting is hidden behind poor added effects; silly slow-motion to emphasis the hits early on, and rubbishy CGI sword thrusts and spraying blood later. It hardly makes for a realistic viewing experience. The script is minimalist and the characters largely one-dimensional. Seigi Ozeki has zero screen presence as the lead and his character is largely a bore. The Thai actors fare better, but the kind of elbow-slamming action you'd expect from a Thai martial arts flick is in short supply. Instead we get a predictable story and a dull narrative lacking in genuine incident.

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