Monday, October 14, 2013

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Super Samurai vs. Scarlet Samurai (Freedom Force, 1978)

Jealousy often leads friends to drift apart. That's the central theme of this episode of Freedom Force on Tarzan & The Super 7.

Toshi (Brian Tochi) befriends another youth, Kyoto, who challenges him to various competitions. Frustrated at being defeated, Kyoto makes a deal with a demonic spirit seeking revenge on Kyoto's dad to become the Scarlet Samurai (who sounds like an uncredited Ted Cassidy) in opposition to Toshi's alter-ego, the Super Samurai. It may take the rest of the Force to turn the tide.

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I guess writer Gerry Boudreau must've seen "War of the Gargantuas" a few times. A film like that springs to mind, not only because it was a Japanese film, but because of the two Japanese youth in the story.

Rating: B.

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