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.