Onechanbara: The Movie (2008) is a Japanese action horror/film directed by Yohei Fukuda. Written by Yasutoshi Murakawa and Yohei Fukuda. Starring Eri Otoguru, Manami Hashimoto and Tomohiro Waki. Based on the video game developed by Tamsoft for D3 Publisher in 2006. The film was released in the U.S. on DVD in 2009 by Tokyo Shock (Media Blasters) as Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad.

In the year 20xx, scientifically created zombies roam the world in record numbers. Despite this, Aya is determined to track down her father’s killer, a person who was once close to her. With sword in hand and wearing nothing but her trademark bikini and cowboy hat, she sets off to settle the score. Aya is joined on her path to vengeance by the chubby Katsuji and the gun-toting Reika. Together, they hack, slash, and shoot their way through a sea of the undead to reach the final showdown with a mad scientist and the destined duel with Aya’s own sister.

Not rated. 86 minutes. Watch the trailer here …

My thoughts… Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad is a surprisingly entertaining film which is due, in part, to the cute heroine and her sexy outfit but, mostly, to the stylish action sequences that were choreographed by the film’s action director Go Ohara [Geisha Assassin (2008), Gothic & Lolita Psycho (2010)]. The film’s extended opening action sequence is worth the price of admission alone! However, there’s a whole lot more great zombie action… and bikinis… and schoolgirl uniforms!


Chanbara Beauty: The Movie – Vortex (2009) is the straight-to-DVD sequel to Onechanbara: The Movie (2008). Directed by Tsuyoshi Shoji. Written by Fukushima Yoshiki. Starring Yu Tejima, Akari Ozawa, and Rika Kawamura.

In 20xx the world is still overpopulated by zombies and Aya and Saki stop fighting to join together against there new enemy, Himiko.

Not rated. 85 minutes. Watch the trailer here …

My thoughts… Onechanbara: The Movie featured a bikini-clad zombie slayer and was surprisingly entertaining. Chanbara Beauty: The Movie – Vortex features a bikini-clad zombie slayer. The sequel isn’t as much fun but the action sequences are still pretty good. And, of course, there’s bikinis and schoolgirl uniforms!

Read my original post on both movies (here).