Director: Yuji Shimomura
Japan | 2005 | 35mm | 90 Min. | OmeU
DEATH TRANCE is a stylish over-the-top action fantasy film starring Japan's newest star Tak Sakaguchi of VERSUS and GODZILLA: FINAL WARS. Yuji Shimomura, best known for directing the fight sequences for VERSUS, makes his directorial debut! DEATH TRANCE also features Kentaro Seagal's first action movie debut (son of Steven Segal!)
In an unknown place and unknown time, a master Samurai known only by the name of Grave (Tak Sakaguchi) searches for the ultimate battle. Never showing fear for any fight, Grave is the one and only swordsman able tosteal the mysterious and legendary coffin from the holy Tougan Temple. In this world without reason, a young girl from the temple grounds follows Grave and the coffin wherever they may go.
And so begins the deadly race to re-capture the coffin and its hidden power from Grave for good or evil.
DEATH TRANCE embodies a mix of the modern Samurai movie with highly stylized post-apocalyptic MAD MAX cinematography. Filmed amongst the ancient ruins of rural Japan, DEATH TRANCE depicts non-stop battles between sword and gun, mortal & immortal, myth and reality within a stark desert and forbidden forest. In the end, will destruction win or hope prevail?
From Producer Yoshinori Chiba (THE NEIGHBOR NO. 13, Takashi Miike's breakthrough film, FUDOH: THE NEW GENERATION, Keita Amemiya's ZEIRAM and the popular EKO EKO AZARAK series).