Haunted Samurai 10/03/23

Diabolik DVD / Surviving Elements

Let’s pop back once again to take in an old-fashioned Lone Samurai saga — this one’s worth it. Preceding the Lone Wolf and Cub series but sharing a creator and some of the same violent stylistics, it’s a hero-on-the-road tale with creative, original touches, including a spy-ninja angle that enlists what looks like magic at work. The fact that we actually care about the characters puts it way ahead of the competition. It got a mini-release back in the day, and then disappeared completely from U.S. movie radar. On Blu-ray from Surviving Elements/ Diabolik DVD.