You know John Wick, but have you heard of RE: BORN? It’s being described as the ‘Japanese John Wick.’ Could this be the birth of a new legend?
When a former stunt coordinator is in charge of creating an action movie, you know the whole movie will be simply stunning.
Yûji Shimomura was the brains behind the epic battle scenes in films like Flash Point, Evil Ninja and The Warrior’s Way. But if those titles don’t ring a bell, then the only one that you need to be aware of is Re:Born, which is due for its worldwide release next year.
The action crime drama stars Tak Sakaguchi, and judging by the trailer, it looks out of this world.
Check it out here:
The first scene gets your blood pumping when a man in military fatigues is approached from behind and has his throat slit. However shit gets very dramatically real when our protagonist calmly kills an assassin by twisting their neck, before dodging a bullet shot from a briefcase gun, while unloading a weapon’s magazine and reloading the miniature firearm with a pen – which he fires straight into his enemy’s neck.
But he clearly wants to make sure that his opponent will definitely die, and open-palm punches the pen into the guy’s throat until he drops to his knees. WOAH. And this is just the trailer.
The film plot sounds about as outrageous as the trailer: “When an entire squad of Japanese Defense Force soldiers are cut down during a training exercise, it appears the worst is true: the Ghost, a legendary covert operative, has seemingly come back and set his targets on the force that used and abandoned him.
“His old comrade is now living a quiet life and trying to simply slip by unnoticed as he raises the young girl in his care, but must return to the world he abandoned to stop his former friend turned enemy.”
The role of the protagonist suits Sakaguchi well considering he was a street fighter before he turned to acting. In his first film, Versus (which was also directed by Shimomura), he reportedly lost a tooth and broke his ribs during production, because the stunts were so intense.
Re:Born premiered at The Fighting Spirit Film Festival two weeks ago, but will be shown at several other festivals in the UK and Ireland before its theatrical release next year.