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KIBAKICHI 2
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Daiji Hattori

Starring:
Ryuji Harad
Miki Tanaka
Aimi Nakajima

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Kibakichi, a samurai werewolf monster with a lot of hair, runs into all kinds of trouble, as the EVIL Mr.Dougan (?) and a member of his own clan both want him dead.
Is it good movie?
Ok, first of all, why wasn't I informed that Kibakichi exists? Keep in mind I have not seen the first one, so if there's something I really missed, feel free to contact me and let me know. What red-blooded male individual wouldn't think that a movie about an ass kicking samurai half-man half-wolf hybrid wouldn't kick copious amounts of rump? If you are that person, the one who doesn't like that idea, I don't like you and you've hurt my feelings. If you ARE that kind of person, read on to find out just went wrong, and what went right.

Ok, here's what's good, or at least..kind of good. The story of Kibakichi is pretty well fleshed out and I dug it. The wolfman is an outcast, an outsider forced to walk alone while being hunted down by the only other surviving member of his kind. He's being hunted only because he trusted humans, who ended up killing the others like him. Thus, the whole film centers around the conflict between Kibakichi and Anju, his female enemy. Then, Mr.Dougan shows up. What the HELL kind of a name is Mr. F'n Dougan? He's an evil..something or other who wants to kill everything. He becomes he film's main villain. There's also a fair amount of bizarre nastiness and 'gore' if you're up to it as well.

The bad? Well, almost everything else. My review copy was poorly and hilariously dubbed in engrish, which is almost always a no-no in my books. On top of this, this awesome concept is unfortunately not much more than that. This is a decidedly low budget flick which suffers from bizarre editing choices. The last 30 minutes of this film, especially the final fight(s), and the big confrontation, are hilariously inept and vastly disappointing, considering they're the big 'payoff'. I can even forgive the flowing rubber and visible zippers and mouths that don't move, but Mr.Dougan getting wiped out by a couple claw swipes? The final fight between Kibakichi and Anju is laugh out loud hilarious, like a dance. Booo!

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Last Call
Kibakichi II suffers from well..almost everything. The concept is neat, and still something i'd like to see explored, but to be honest with you, this movie played out like a longer episode of Power Rangers than like an ass kicking samurai monster flick. I guess one could argue that this is what's to be expected, but it just didn't cut it for me.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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