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Review: Der Samurai

Der Samurai
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4 stars

Starring: Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski, Uwe Preuss, Kaja Blachnik

Directed: Till Kleinert

Release Date: June 9, 2015

Run Time: 80 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray

German Subtitles: English

Distributor: Art Sploitation Films

Unlike any other horror film you’ll see this year, Der Samurai is a German mind-bender about shape-shifting cross-dressers, bloody decapitations, repressed sexual desires and small town life. But while director Till Kleinert’s film is a surreal mix of dark comedy and eerie creep-out that recalls David Lynch.

Jakob is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens until the arrival of a mysterious wolf that is causing havoc. Working the night shift, Jakob is tracking the wolf…only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually a man clad only in lipstick and a ladies’ slip, and toting a samurai sword that he uses to lop off the heads of the townspeople, including Jakob’s tormentors. Jakob and the transvestite samurai seem to share a bond, and as the night gets darker, events get even weirder. Completely bizarre yet wildly entertaining, Der Samurai is a horror must-see for the adventurous! – Art Sploitation Films



Audio Language: German
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality is also Good with a coo soundtrack. The Dialogue is a little to Bassy


Rating:4 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality looks good but Darker scenes Present a good amount of Grain.

Rating:3.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: October 30, 2014 (Germany)
Blu-Ray Disc release Date: June 9, 2015 (USA)
  • Director and Producer’s commentary
  • Making-Of-Featurette
  • Trailer
My Thoughts

Der Samurai is a Very Weird, Bloody, Confusing, what the heck did I watch sort of Film. Even at the end I’m still like whats going on, Are some of my thoughts about what was going on earlier true?

The Film is oddly enjoyable I feel and when the action and gore hit its like this Crossing Dressing Guy with a Samurai Sword has Ninja Skills lol. The Confusing – Talking Heads, A Wolf that is some how connected with this Samurai, The ending that has Me Puzzled but I Think I might Know What is going on. Im Not going to give anything away and would like to talk to others who have seen this so we can Decipher this whole thing.

The Ended is something you might need to prepare your self for as its like a Cock hitting the eyes and Then its Erected before its death. You will understand what that means when you view the film.

Overall the film is Bizarre a Little slow at times, also has no Character build up and matter of fact you only know one persons name. The Gore and action was surprising as Headless necks spray like fountains.

With that said and after viewing other reviews which thankfully makes my thoughts of what was happening right I give this Crazy film a 4 out of 5. Check it out if you want weird and gore splattered across your TV.

P.S. I Went in with out reading the Plot and nor know anything about the film.

Here is a piece of review I’ve read that helps:

A queer retelling of the werewolf myth, The Samurai reveals the dark side of a character who comes out in the light of the full moon wearing women’s clothing rather than an animal’s skin. – Anton Bitel Grolsch Film Works


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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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