Samurai Marathon Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Danny Huston, Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Mirai Moriyama
  • Director: Bernard Rose
  • Format: Subtitled, Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: 
     Not Rated
  • Studio: Well Go Usa
  • Release Date: July 21, 2020
  • Run Time: 104 minutes


        Samurai Marathon doesn’t resemble some of the samurai films that have been coming out of Japan in recent years, such as the Rurouni Kenshin franchise. These popular movies are jam-packed with action, stylized to the point of almost resembling superhero films (not unlike some wire-fu films in the kung-fu genre), and feature popular young stars in key roles. Because some of the cast from the Rurouni Kenshin films are also in Samurai Marathon, it is not surprising that some fans have noticed the shift in style. Samurai Marathon actually resembles a style from the recent past, most notably the films of YĆ“ji Yamada (The Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade), which utilize a slice-of-life realism that is more concerned with character development that flashy action scenes.