Tara Cardinal is my hero. In addition to filming a handful of indie projects, the “Legend of the Red Reaper” mastermind has been putting some serious work into her Asian-inspired actioner “Scarlet Samurai: Incarnation.” The film appears to have been heavily influenced by the likes of Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, and a fair amount of the films released by the likes of Sushi Typhoon. What’s more, Cardinal has this strong Cynthia Rothrock vibe that I kind of dig. Needless to say, that’s precisely why I’m excited about it.
Check out this incredibly long synopsis:
Five reckless college kids on an urban archaeological expedition uncover a preternatural evil, and discover only a legend can fight a myth.
Almost a century ago, the Buffalo Central Terminal was cursed. Eighty years (and 922 missing persons) later, we find Ikari trying to follow in her (missing) father’s archaeological footsteps. But Ikari — a part Chinese, part Japanese, half Jewish lesbian — has problems. She’s suicidal, her girlfriend dumped her, she’s failing her classes, she’s about to lose her scholarship, her twin sister Feng is a samurai with supernatural abilities, and, on top of it all, she still lives with her Jewish mother (Maria Olsen).
To keep Ikari and his other students from failing, Professor Harrison sends them on a quick “in and out” field expedition to the Terminal. Along for what should be a fast and fun exploration are Ikari’s best friend and gay fashion photographer Michael, goth martial artist Tavy, mild-mannered T.A. Lindsey, and Ikari’s recently estranged ex-girlfriend Becks. But Ikari has other ideas … obsessed with her father’s research and trying desperately, if not comically, to get her blonde, beautiful, and cold ex-girlfriend back, she unknowingly leads the team deeper and deeper into the ominous 17-story building … and right into the lair of the Jiang Shi.
Considered by Western Culture to be a myth, the zombie-like Jiang Shi is an undead demon that sucks Chi (the life force) from its victims while torturing, raping, and paralyzing them with its venomous claws. And now it is after them.
Samurai-in-training Feng, psychically linked to her twin sister Ikari, races to the Terminal to save Ikari and her friends from the Jiang Shi and its endless horde of undead minions. To defeat the mythical creature Ikari and Feng will have to join forces to become a legend. Because it takes a Legend to fight a Myth.
In addition to Cardinal, “Scarlet Samurai: Incarnation” also stars Alicen Holden, Christian Boeving, Maria Olsen, DeeDee Bigelow, Justin Irwin, Patricia Dunn, and Catherine Scrivo. The teaser trailer for the flick has been embedded below.
For more information, be sure to swing by the film’s official Facebook page.
Via : More Horror