Blood of the Samurai: The Series

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This series, shot and produced entirely in Hawai'i, is the direct sequel of the award-winning indie film Blood of the Samurai. Trent (Bryan Yamasaki) and Rob (Michael Ng) were ordinary guys living their ordinary lives with their girlfriends Brooke (Colleen Fujioka) and Roxy (Stephanie Sanchez). That is, until a desperate thief hid his bundle of ancient samurai swords in the back of their car. After discovering the blades, Trent and Rob discovered something else: that while the swords magically endow the wearer with mastery of the weapons, the swords themselves are cursed, possessed by their long-dead samurai owners, who, in turn, possess whoever puts the swords on... After their initial, harrowing misadventure, Trent and Rob decide to take responsibility for the blades and use their abilities for the greater good. Armed with mystical protections (in the form of Juzu bracelets, which guard them from the swords' spirits) and under the watchful eye of Sensei (Daisuke Ban), they soon find themselves tangling with the Syndicate, led by a vicious swordsman named Shinzo (Egan Inoue) and his henchmen. Of course, in terms of trouble, this is only the tip of a very large iceberg... Coming soon to Oceanic Time-Warner Digital Cable Video On Demand: NINJA EX! If you missed the BOTS:TS crossover on the Ninja EX Season One Finale, then this is your big chance! Blood Of The Samurai and its sister program, Ninja EX are 100% Made In Hawaii by folks FROM Hawaii! Never mind the Hollywood takes on what's 'Hawaii' and 'local', this is the real deal!moreless

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  • Two ordinary guys are thrust into a vicious war against both underworld and otherwordly evil on the dark back streets of Honolulu by a pair of cursed samurai swords.

    Blood of the Samurai: The Series, the direct sequel of the award-winning indie film, is a lively blend of martial arts action and humour, Hawaii-style.

    The series, shot and produced completely in Hawaii, unlike Hollywood-based productions, has a truer, more authentic 'local' feel and flavor. Local patois is not overdone, and the type of humour unique to Hawaii shines through without becoming opaque or incoherent. While watching the first season, one other thing shone through: it felt as if everyone was having fun doing what they were doing, and they wanted you to have fun, too.

    The core cast is appealing and share an excellent chemistry. Bryan Yamasaki and Michael Ng, as Trent and Rob, are believable as two old friends and regular guys trying to deal with their bizarre responsibility as the new guardians of the cursed swords. Colleen Fujioka and Stephanie Sanchez turn in spot-on performances as Brooke and Roxy, their girlfriends. There is a little bit of soap opera, but it doesn't bog things down. Shawn Forsythe, who played the villain in the film, returns as occult expert Theopolis Griffin. Don't miss Rob's antics in the background as Trent suffers through a long-winded lecture from Professor Griffin!

    In addition to the original cast, former Miss Hawaii Alicia Michioka debuts as a mysterious ninja; Superbrawl champion Egan Inoue does a menacing turn as a villainous Syndicate swordsman; and veteran actor Daisuke Ban (Jinzo Ningen Kikaida, Ringu 0: Basudei, Yogen), in his first role outside of Japan, makes an appearance as Trent and Rob's dignified mentor.

    While not a super slick SPFX tour-de-force, the characters are genuine and consistent, the fight sequences realistic, and the creepy/scary bits suitably atmospheric. Look for some great swordplay in the Season 1 Finale with a European fighting style against the Japanese; this episode also contains a fight sequence with Daisuke Ban!

    A highly enjoyable martial arts romp, BotS:TS is a fine showcase of Hawaii-based talent.moreless