Directed by Takashi Miike and released in 2004
In 1865 when the Shogunate is on its last legs but still capable of punishing its enemies, one is Izo an assassin in the service of Hanpeida, a Tosa lord and Imperial supporter. After killing dozens of the Shogun's men Izo is captured and crucified. Instead of being extinguished his rage propels him through the space-time continuum to present-day Tokyo where his finds himself one with the city's homeless. Here Izo transforms himself into a new improved killing machine his entire soul still enraged by his treatment in his past life. His response to the powers-that-be whose predecessors put him to death is the sword.
Bizarre. Bizarre. Bizarre. I've only seen 60 or so Japanese films including samurai flicks but I don't think there are many that could be more bizarre and wacko as this one. The movie kept getting more and more bizarre but after seeing the school hallway scene with the zombie women and the naked children, that was it for me. Holy crap.
The movie was bizarre. Then a little later it got bizarre. Then...it really got bizarre. Did I mention this movie was bizarre. But actually, it was't that bad. It was just a little BIZARRE. When Bob Sapp made his entrance, that was it. Oh wait, after the lady near the end got her head cut off and a GIANT FRICKIN CATERPILLER CRAWLED OUT, then I really knew how bizarre it was. I needed some medication or a psychiatrist after watchin' this film because I seriously thought I was hallucinating. The director Miike was smoking something when he made this film.
Horrible movie. Don't waste your time.