There’s a new samurai movie coming to theaters this weekend: “The Last Battle,” a film that’s both timeless and modern.
The original “The Sword of Destiny,” a 1989 Japanese sword-and-sorcery classic, is coming to a U.S. theater this weekend.
But this time, the film is set in the 20th century, and it’s set to feature a new character: the mysterious assassin Shikamaru Nara.
It’s a bold casting choice that’s been met with praise.
(You can watch a clip from the film below.)
Shikakunas original role is that of the swordswoman, but as the plot goes on, Shikaku has to figure out who she is and where she comes from, and how she came to be in the world.
And while she does seem to be the main antagonist of the film, that’s not the only reason this new version of Shikarans origins is so interesting.
“It’s an interesting, nuanced take on the origins of samurai, and the idea that they are very different from the modern world in terms of their characterizations,” filmmaker Masahiko Shimizu told BuzzFeed News.
Shimizu, who co-wrote the film with director Masaki Kato, has a master’s degree in Japanese literature and film, but his filmography has focused on historical fiction.
The Last Samurai: A History of the Samurai movie will be released in the U.K. and the U!
theaters on April 8.
You can see the film’s trailer below: