Legend Of Seven Monks (2006/Westlake DVD)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Film: C-
one concentrates very hard, the combination of comedy and fantasy in any
Martial Arts production always equals disaster, even when you have Sonny Chiba
in your cast. Kenji Tanigaki’s Legend Of Seven Monks (2006)
unfortunately does not know what to do with him, the comedy is unfunny, action
over choreographed (by the director as it turns out) and Chiba is so
underutilized that he cannot be considered a lead of any kind.
us with undeveloped younger characters quickly forgotten and the fantasy
elements are so badly done that it will give you new respect for Lidsville. Unless you are a serious, diehard Chiba fan
and completist, skip this one.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image has a phony video look that suggests an
HD shoot or denatured film-to-tape transfer a generation down, with detail
issues, color problems and generally cheap look when bad digital effects are
added. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is
also good at best, but the combination is still trying. Extras include text bio/filmographies,
stills, trailer and some behind the scenes footage.
- Nicholas Sheffo