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The Monk and the Samurai

China 2022
produced by
Troy Sandford for Troy's Team
directed by Troy Sandford
starring John M. Shang (also narration), Joseph Elicontrol, Hristofor Yedigarov, Troy Sandford, Hazel Han, Boymamatov Ziyodbek, Luo Yuan Hao
written and visual design by Troy Sandford, music by Renzo Studios, visual effects compositing by Hristofor Yedigarov, Vladimir Ershov

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Bad guys/demons killed a farmer's wife, a young kid's mother, and the kid grew up full of hatred for his mother's killers and trained hard in martial arts to become a samurai, and maybe the bravest, strongest and most able of them all, stamping out evil wherever he finds it, killing many a demon and bad guy. And yet, for all the effort he has done to restore peace and let justice rule, there's one who is even more prominent than him when it comes to bringing peace, and that's a humble old monk who has never killed a soul, good or bad, in his life. Naturally the samurai wants to meet the monk - but he's not prepared for the monk being his own father ...

 

Martial artist Troy Sandford, writer, director and producer of this film, has made a name of himself primarily as an actor in martial arts movies, stunt man and coordinator, and leader of his own stunt team, Troy's Team - so it should come as little surprise that this short is a martial arts movie. That said however, if you go into this expecting it to be just a showcase for the action work of him and his team, you're in for a pleasant surprise, because while it's hardly surprising that this film is set in the martial arts world (and loosely based on an old Japanese legend), it's done in a way where atmosphere trumps over spectacle, and thus the films highly stylized, elegiac tone makes this more into a martial arts poem (also supported by the narration spoken in rhyme) than a mere action flick. And the carefully crafted images that transmit a dreamlike mood make this one quite an unique experience that really isn't to be missed.

 

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