Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Mikogami Trilogy: Slaughter in the Snow

This is the final bloody installment of the famed "Mikogami" Trilogy.

Jokichi's success at getting revenge has resulted in a hefty price being put on his head, and it's only a matter of time before he runs into Kobunji, the master of the throwing knife, who while he really likes Jokichi, has his professional reputation to uphold. But just because you have to kill a guy doesn't mean you can't enjoy getting to know him first and do a little male bonding by offing some villains. But in the end, there can only be one... nothing personal, mind you, it's just business.

I didn't post about the second installment of this trilogy but this post pretty much covers the last one as well (you can read a brief description of #2 here). A lot of spraying blood in these movies. A lot of Jokichi walking from here to there. Actually half these movies seem to be Jukichi walking. The fight scenes were kinda entertaining but like the previous installments, the fighters also tend to stumble around a lot. In the last movie, much of the fighting took place in rocky stream beds and in the water and so the fighters were stumbling around and falling over the rocks and stumbling in the water. Kinda silly. In this one, they were stumbling around and falling over in the snow. Kinda silly. But for what it was, the Mikogami trilogy was still entertaining. What do ya expect with a standard chanbara flick. It's amazing how much blood sprays even from just a shoulder wound. But that is what you should see in a good chanbara. And that's what you get here, a lot of spraying blood.


  1. Worth a look, I think!

  2. It's pretty entertaining. Not as good as Lone Wolf and Cub, but not bad, especially with a beer or two.

  3. Hi, I'm enjoying your reviews every time and using your journal to improve my English reading and writing skill. Thanks. Now, I have some recommended TV dramas that you may have not seen yet. If you are interested, check the following site address.

    1. "Jin-仁-"
    "The story follows a brain surgeon named, Minakata Jin, who has spent the last two years in anguish, as his fiancee lies in a vegetative state after an operation he performed. One day, he faints at the hospital and awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period. He is soon attacked by a samurai, but he escapes with the help of a man named Kyotaro. Kyotaro suffers a serious injury to the head while trying to protect him, but Jin manages to save his life despite a lack of proper medical equipment. Because of that, Kyotaro's sister Saki begins taking an interest in Jin and becomes his assistant. Meanwhile, Jin is determined to find a way back to the present." ---from DRAMA wiki

    Although this drama is still ongoing, I can say this drama is the best Japanese drama I've ever seen. Well organized, good music, recreated people's life in Edo authentically, above all, I impressed by the beauty of Oiran(花魁). One matter concern is you may not satisfy the role of Sakamoto Ryoma, because he seems like your favorite character in the end of Edo period. Its actor played too aggressively, though, I kinda like his Tosa dialect.

    2.Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi

    This drama story is actually awkward. But you may be able to enjoy how the scenery and old historical place of Nara are beautiful from this drama. I think Nara national park is one of the best place to visit in Japan for whom are interested in Japanese history. Also wild deers are very pretty.

  4. Thank you Zousan for these recommendations. I am always happy to find good Japanese dramas.

  5. I started watching Shika Otoko on Zousan's recommendation. It is pretty wierd! I'm enjoying though and will have to try out the period drama too.

    Thanks for the links!

  6. I'm glad to hear that. I'm gonna keep questing good Japanese dramas that I can recommend for you all.

  7. Some videos of "Jin" at Mysoju is broken and you cannot see them currently. Therefore I wanna introduce another site in which you can see normally.

  8. Thank you. Yes, I was not able to view some of them.