To not fail in archeology due to a broken heart and thus have to pay
back her scholarship, Ikari (Tara Cardinal) joins a field trip to the long
abandoned historic Buffalo Central Terminal, a place that's supposed to be
haunted. Shouldn't be too hard an assignment since her deceased dad has
taken her there time and again for little expeditions ... a walk in the
park really, apart from the fact that Ikari's ex Becks (Alicen Holden) is
also on the field trip, so egos clash right away. And the others are also
not too fond of Ikari bringing a gay photographer (Justin Irwin) along for
a quick and sexy shoot.
Oh yeah, and then there's another problem, the
place is infested with demons that try to suck the chi-power out of those
who enter, and soon enough one by one Ikari's companions (Justin Irwin,
Patricia M. Dunn, Catherine Scrivo) are taken out until it's up to Ikari
and Becks to fend off the demons' leader Jiang Shi (Sean Wyn) - too bad
then that they hardly have the proper means to do so and are both
But Ikari still has an ace up her sleeve: Feng, her
twin sister who's also a top martial artist and swordsmistress who is
dubbed the Scarlet Samurai. And fortunately, Feng is also a bit of
a psychic - but will she arrive in time to save Ikari and Becks?
Samurai: Incarnation blends so many genres it might have a bit of a
patchworky feel to it: It's part slasher and survival horror, part
adventure, part superhero and part martial arts story, parts very serious
drama but also features obvious comedy and moments of intentional camp ...
and it works quite beautifully, too. Basically this is due to a
light-footed narrative approach, paired with a very swift pace, an
energetic directorial effort, plenty of well-staged action, and a
competent cast led by Tara Cardinal shining in not one but two roles.
the blend works is actually all the more significant because half of the
material of the original shoot got lost in the mail (FedEx, in case you
wonder), and new material (which consisted of a whole new narrative
thread) was added at a later date to make things work at all. But the
movie isn't just entertaining if you take this into consideration, it's
actually a pretty decent movie, and more fun than quite a host of similar
flicks that were filmed in one go ...