Sleepy Eyes of Death 1: The Chinese Jade

Sleepy Eyes of Death 1: The Chinese Jade ★★★★

"I’m just someone who is angry at all mankind even though I am a man myself. I’m past the point of no return. I know not what my future holds, but in the time that I have I shall be the ruin of the evil men that cross my path."

Nemuri Kyoshiro, the cynical and masterful samurai with the Full Moon Cut technique! Wow, I finally started watching this epic series. I was holding off until I had the series complete, but as I am still waiting for #4 I couldn’t hold it any more. This is a nice movie, it’s a bit slow here and there, but nothing too bad. The series is supposed to get better as it progresses. Nemuri’s, played superbly by Raizo Ichikawa, indifferent, stoic and supercynical nature is showed excellently. But in spite of his nature he gets his hart stolen in this movie… oh, imagine that!

Nemuri gets involved in a game of double-crossing, treasure seeking and searching for a guy that is supposed be dead. When a Daimyo finds out that an excellent swordsman is in town he send some guys to check ‘em out. They get hacked to pieces by Nemuri of course. The head of this Kaga Clan thinks of getting Nemuri on his side and sends out lovely Chisa to seduce him. Nemuri immediately sees Chisa for what she is, but something she says about needing protection from the Chinese man Chen Sun (Shintaro Katsu, of Zatoichi fame ofcourse), the same man that already sent a message to Nemuri. Chisa also mentions a great treasure that could destroy the Kaga Clan. This rouses his interest of course, and the hunt is on.