Suburban Samurai 2
Single scene filmed in Spring 1997; cast and crew
of 2; approximate cost of $0; not rated.
Unfinished and barely conceived in the first place,
Suburban Samurai 2 has no plot to speak of. The one scene
filmed is the opening scene: a kimono-wearing street punk observes
that "Now that the Suburban Samurai is gone, I can do whatever
I want! Come to think of it, I haven't beaten up a [insert homophobic
slur here] in weeks!" The street punk soon finds a victim,
but the latter does not go down without a fight. After this scene,
I had the vague notion of resurrecting the Suburban Samurai through
some sort of Haitian Voodoo ritual so he could take down the new
punk gangs, but that's about all I knew of the plot.
There are only two characters in the single filmed scene
of Suburban Samurai 2: the street punk (right) and
his victim (left).
Of course, the Suburban Samurai would have also been in the
movie had it been finished.
The fight scene, like those in the first Suburban
Samurai, is inspired by the work of Jackie Chan.
The same "live dubbing" technique
used in the original was employed here. The cuts with both
actors in it were filmed with a tripod, as we did not have
a third person around that day to operate the camera.
This is the first (and only) unfinished Tokugawa
movie. There are other unrealized works, but none of them
lived beyond the brainstorming and scripting stages.
- It's hard to stick with a movie with an opening fight/death
scene as potentially offensive as the one described above. While
I can't stand the extreme of political correctness, I think I
went too far with this one.
- Also: Jackie Chan makes ladder fighting look easy. It's rather