An ass-kicking new trailer has blasted in for Kurando Mitsutake’s Karate Kill, which is being billed as “Tarantino meets Cannon Films,” a description backed up by the retro awesomeness of the film’s beautiful poster. We’ve also got a handful of new stills for the film, which blends Japanese martial arts with American cults and backwoods settings.
Mitsutake, who directed 2009’s Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf (a homage to the legendary Baby Cart series) and 2014’s stylish revenger Gun Woman looks to be sticking with the exploitation-throwback theme for the film, which lands on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD in the US on July 18th from Dark Cuts.
In his sole acting credit, Hayate heads the cast alongside Iron Fist’s David Sakurai and WWE star Katarina Leigh Waters.
When Karate master Kenji’s (Hayate) young sister (Mana Sakura) is kidnapped by a dangerous cult, and taken to the U.S. he will stop at nothing to find her. Partnered with a mysterious shot-gun toting partner, Kenji must use his mastery of Karate to dismantle the cult members one by one in spectacular and bloody fashion, until he finds his sister.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)