Saturday, July 10, 2010
Movie 19 Review: Come Back! Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
"Come Back! Samurai Sentai Shinkenger" also known as "Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Returns" is a Direct-to-DVD Super Hero Reunion Tokusatsu Film staring the cast and characters from the 2009 Television Series "Samurai Sentai Shinkenger" from the Toei Franchise "Super Sentai".
The film stars Tori Matsuzaka ("Death Game Park") as Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red, Hiroki Aiba ("The Prince of Tennis" Musicals & Film) as Ryunosuke Ikenami/Shinken Blue, Rin Takanashi ("Goth") as Mako Shiraishi/Shinken Pink, Shogo Suzuki ("Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children") as Chiaki Tani/Shinken Green, Suzuka Morita (A Former Gravure model, the show was her first work in acting) as Kotoha Hanaori/Shinken Yellow, & Keisuke Sohma (Also a first timer in acting) as Genta Umemori/Shinken Gold.
The film is about the Shinkenger Clan being caught within their own dreams, unable to escape (In the process parodying various genres of Film & TV such as Cop & School Dramas). Stuck together in their shared dreams, the Shinkenger Clan work together to find an escape.
The film is one of the few singularity reunion movies in Super Sentai, being done only previously by "Choujin Sentai Jetman" & "Mirai Sentai Timeranger" (To an extent). Some Sentai Members do return in Toei's "Vs Super Sentai" Series but rarely does a season get a reunion special just about itself.
It's an okay film, it's completely over the top but doesn't address a lot of what people would expect in a reunion movie. It's got everything though in silly action, from a Sushi Showdown in the Old West to a school filled with Traps & Reverse Traps. It's just goofy fun but may be a bit much, I mean the villain has eyes coming out of his hands coming out of his eyes! (You read that right)
The cast has a good chemistry together in this somewhat of a farewell film, kinda deflated when we know they'll appear next year in "Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs Shinkenger" as their true farewell. A Definite one to watch if you liked the show, and one to check out if you haven't.
Though it's got the record for the longest wait for the opening credits (34 minutes)
Tack Angel: N/A (But would be placed lower than "PreCure DX")