“It’s you... you killed him.”
I fucking love Tatsuya Nakadai. He and Kyle MacLachlan are cut from the same cloth, both sharing the ability to entertain via the most ridiculous facial expressions. At times, I find myself literally cheering at whatever he does and here in Onimasa it is no different, and perhaps more so than ever.
Onimasa itself is hyperbolic in tone and somewhat reminiscent of a soap opera, yet it never feels off-putting as the film is carried by Gosha’s creative cinematography and Nakadai's lively performance. I would definitely rank it within the same realm of the Lone Wolf and Cub series - pure schlock.
Felix, I know that you’ll be reading this, but watch this film and try not to laugh at how Nakadai runs or the way he slides down those stairs.