The Hunted

The Hunted

The Hunted

1995. Directed by J. F. Lawton

An underrated gem from 1995 and the wet dream of late night premium cable channels. It stars Christopher Lambert as a fish out of water who gets drawn into a centuries old conflict between Samurai and Ninja. But the real star is Yoshia Harada as Takeda, the "noble" samurai looking to settle a score. There's nothing technically, but the train sequence is the creme de la creme of action sequences in the 90's and you'll be hard pressed to find something that rivals it.

Perhaps the best part of this fun thriller is the hubris of the lead samurai (Harada) and ninja (an awesome as always John Lone) as they battle to exterminate each other's ideals and existence.

A great cameo of the one and only Joan Chen sets the scene for a bloodbath of epic proportions and leads to the films most interesting shots, involving black and white fever dreams bled over with Chen's ghost adorned in red.

Despite it's ridiculous conclusion, The Hunted offers a great 90's action experience with some amazing stunt work and sword play. But really, come for the ninjas, leave with The Train Sequence. It's that good!

Available on DVD.  

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