Afro Samurai: Resurrection
|Afro Samurai: Resurrection|
Japanese film poster
|Based on||Afro Samurai by Takashi Okazaki|
|Story by||Takashi Okazaki|
|Directed by||Fuminori Kizaki|
Samuel L. Jackson|
|Theme music composer||RZA|
|Country of origin||
Samuel L. Jackson
|Running time||100 minutes|
Fuji Television (Japan)|
Afro Samurai: Resurrection is a 2009 Japanese-American anime television film sequel to the 2007 miniseries Afro Samurai. The film was shown on Spike TV on January 25, 2009. It stars Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu.
Afro spent his days making wooden sculptures of historical people and follows the rule of not wearing the No. 1 headband, until Jinno and Sio take the headband and Rokutaro's mandible. Sio tells Afro that she will resurrect and use Rokutaro for vengeance.
As Brother 3 plays and cheats the dice game, he tells Afro that Shichigoro has the No. 2 headband. After Afro saves Kotaro and spends time with him and Shichigoro, both men fight until Afro takes the headband and Kotaro sadly vows revenge. Afro destroys three past warriors and revealed as Sio's relatives, while she restores to resurrect Rokutaro as the mind-controlling robot. After strangling and seemingly killing Afro, Rokutaro impales Jinno and Sio with the broken sword, before Jinno's robotic body gives off an electrical surge through Sio's blood to save Afro. After defeating Rokutaro, Afro retrieves to wear the No. 1 headband, gives the No. 2 to Kotaro and tells him to fight with him.
- Samuel L. Jackson - Afro Samurai, Ninja Ninja
- Phil LaMarr - Teen Afro Samurai
- Lucy Liu - Lady Sio
- Ariel Winter - Young Sio
- Yuri Lowenthal - Jinnosuke/Kuma
- Mark Hamill - Bin
- Jeff Bennett - Brother 3
- S. Scott Bullock - Professor Dharman
- Grey DeLisle - Tomoe
- Greg Eagles - Rokutaro
- Zachary Gordon - Kotaro
- Liam O'Brien - Shichigoro
- The RZA - DJ
- Jamie Simone - Casting and Voice Director
The RZA Presents: Afro Samurai Resurrection OST was released on January 27, 2009, two days after the film aired.
Spike TV would premiere the film on January 25, 2009. It would be released on DVD on February 3, 2009. It was available online through the PlayStation Store in May 2009. The film also made a debut at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in October 16, 2009. The film would be added to Funimation's YouTube stream, for the July 31-August 5, 2011 stream schedule. For the United Kingdom release of Netflix, Resurrection was among one the initial titles for the January 2012 launch.
DVD and broadcast scene difference
A few scenes in the DVD and Spike TV broadcast edition of the series differ completely from each other.
- There are two different endings: In the Spike TV version, Afro reclaims the Number 1 headband and runs into a man wearing a mask that sounds and nearly looks like Justice. In the Director's Cut edition, Afro reclaims the Number 1 headband and he runs into Ninja Ninja (who left him before the final fight), who tells Afro "...you know it never ends right?" Afro later walks off. After the credits, Justice reappears.
Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network stated about Afro Samurai: Resurrection that "it's a gorgeous film," with "incredible animation, spectacular action setpieces [sic] and a thumping score by Ghostface". Zac noted that the plot is just "window dressing" and that if it's about anything it's about "cool". Zac criticized that the film as just an excuse to string fight scenes together and that the farther it goes on it becomes clearer how "weak the writing is". Hyper commends the anime for its art, saying, "stylised poses and sharp, dynamic visuals have long been a trademark element of this series, and they hold true [in the anime]." In 2009, the film was the first anime to receive an Primetime Emmy nomination, but the American Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends won. Though film's art director, Shigemi Ikeda, won a Primetime Emmy award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation".
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