A samurai embarks on a journey of blood soaked revenge to save his beloved.
It all sounds familiar, an angered Caucasian samurai embarks on a rampage journey of blood soaked revenge to save his beloved. In fact, we can clearly see the source of inspiration in Paul Nicoletos‘ film with Tarantino’s famous Crazy 88 scene in Kill Bill. But despite the resemblance ‘The Dragon’s Blade’ has a deep backstory of its own:
In the 17th century, five legendary swords were forged. Each sword was connected to one of the five approaches contained in The Book of The Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) by Musashi Miyamoto. In order to wield one of these blades you had to be chosen. Once chosen you have to bear the swords mark (a scar on the cheek inflicted by the blade itself). You have to devote yourself entirely to the ideals of the Five rings. Complete devotion to Bushido (the way of the warrior). Four of the blades have been missing for centuries, presumed lost or destroyed but one remains. The Dragons Blade. The hero Takeo is the last one to wield the mythical Dragons Blade. He is on a quest to save his beloved who was kidnapped but evil samurais wanting to lure Takeo in order to claim the sword for themselves. What he doesn’t realize because of his love for his woman is that she is in fact the one who orchestrated the whole thing in order to claim the sword for herself.
The idea for Dragons Blade has been simmering for quite a while. I always had the desire to make a film about samurais and sword fighting but set in modern times. The writers Joseph Foulk and Casey Stegman and I discussed and Idea that I had developed with the producer Viet Huynh. The original idea was similar but after the writers took over in evolved into The Dragons Blade. It has a richer backstory and more layers than before. My purpose with the film was to make a short film for me. Without thinking whether people will like it nor trying to please others. This was a true passion project. I wanted to make a film that was fun and exciting and something that I wanted to watch without any pressure. For me this is the film I am most proud of because of that reason. We have several goals for the film, short term I would like to get as much exposure for the film as possible and have people enjoy watching the film as much as I enjoyed making it. And more long term I would like to eventually make this into a feature film. We have a very clear and specific idea of how we are going to develop this film into a feature film which was always the goal. The idea is to make something unique and exciting but also familiar.
For whatever it is, ‘The Dragon’s Blade’ succeeds in its purpose through our eyes: Pure entertainment.