7.27.2008

Afro Samurai


How many pop cultural motifs can you wrap into one film and still make a cohesive story? With the debut of Afro Samurai, a film starring Samuel Jackson, writers have really pushed the limits.

So you have the Afro-reference, which evokes Snoop Dogg and Blaxploitation.

You have the Samurai reference, which evokes ninja stuff, even though ninjas and samurai were enemies, a point seemingly lost on Wu Tang Clan's "the RZA", who scored the film, and attributed his efforts to his love of some anime movie called Ninja Scroll. Wu tang - you're rapping for the wrong side!

And then you have the regular Japanese Anime tradition, already overdone in my opinion.

And then you have Lucy Liu making a guest appearance, in a reachout to the "Kill Bill" flavor of the sexy, ultra-violent heroine.

Missing are robots, vikings, and a token monkey to round out the Hollywood Pop Culture cliche list.

Here's the trailer to the movie. Wow.

2 comments:

odd facts said...

How many pop cultural motifs can you wrap into one film and still make a cohesive story? Not many. That's for sure.

Baba Doodlius said...

"Afro Samurai"? Sam Jackson is seriously making a movie called "Afro Samurai"? Didn't he learn anything from "Sankes on a Plane"?