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Versus

Year: 2000
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
Writer: Ryuhei Kitamura Ryuhei Kitamura
A hyperkinetic Japanese action movie with sword and gunplay, three dimensional villains, a mythical forest, and teeming hordes of zombies.

A prison escapee waits with a fellow inmate for a rescue pickup that turns sour and he flees into the forest with the baddies hot on his tail.

Except it's no ordinary forest, it's a magical place where the victims of underworld crime sleep uneasily, and come back to life at the first hint of blood.

A bit of a hell and Satan allegory as the menacing kingpin shows up to claim the girl on the run with the hero, but mostly it's about buckets of gore. It's overtly bloodier than anything I've seen in a movie without being comical, and while the story lags, bursts of balletic violence pick things up for the adrenaline junkie.

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