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Afro Samurai (Director's Cut) (2007)

Samuel L. Jackson , Kelly Hu , Fuminori Kizaki  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Hu, Ron Perlman, John Di Maggio, Greg Eagles
  • Directors: Fuminori Kizaki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Anamorphic, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LP5FWC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Afro Samurai (Director's Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Unedited dialogue and picture as it was meant to be seen
  • 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage including an extended ending
  • Exclusive original artwork from the creator, Takashi Okazaki
  • In the Booth: the voice talent of Afro Samurai
  • RZA Music Production
  • Character profiles with commentary by Afro Samurai co-producer Eric Calderon

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Product Description

Ice Cold Soul and a Jones For Revenge…

Afro Samurai (voiced by Academy Award® nominated Samuel L. Jackson) is an epic tale of a black samurai's hunt for Justice (voiced by Ron Perlman: Hellboy Alien Resurrection ) who murdered his father. With music score by The RZA ( Kill Bill Wu Tang Clan) Afro Samurai blends traditional Japanese culture, funky technology and hip hop to create a brutally fresh entertainment experience.

Director's Cut features:

  • Exclusive Manga art from Afro Samurai Creator, Takashi Okazaki
  • In the Booth with RZA - Music Production Tour

    Director's Cut Edition of Afro Samurai is a 2-disc set with over 170 minutes of action!

    All the cool action at a hot new price!


    The violent five-part adventure Afro Samurai marks both the increasing confluence of American and Japanese pop culture and the shift in Japanese depictions of African-Americans. The popularity of hip-hop in Japan has led to more positive images of blacks, including Takashi Okazaki's original manga. The "Director's Cut" contains an additional 15 minutes of footage, and is even gorier than the broadcast version on Spike TV. As a boy, Afro Samurai saw his father beheaded by the maniacal Justice. The murderer sought an ancient headband that marks the wearer as the #1 warrior in the world. As an adult, Afro seeks only revenge, cutting down anyone who blocks his path to Justice. Afro Samurai depicts a oddly anachronistic world that infuses cell phones, cigarette lighters, and cyber technology into traditional Japanese culture. The elongated character designs recall Peter Chung's Aeon Flux, and much of the series is rendered in moody grays, accented by gobbets of scarlet blood. Afro is such a taciturn figure, most of the dialogue goes to his motor-mouth comrade Ninja Ninja. This big budget production features an eclectic score by Wu-Tang Clan co-founder RZA and an A-list vocal cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Perlman. But for all its elaborate production values and over-the-top fights, Afro Samurai suffers from a weakness at its core: Afro is so monosyllabic and cold-blooded, he's not very interesting. His inevitable duel-to-the-death with Justice lacks the emotional punch of Spike's face-off against Vicious in Cowboy Bebop or Kenshin's one-on-one with Shishio in Rurouni Kenshin. This extremely violent series is not for the faint of stomach. (Rated TV MA, suitable for ages 17 and older: graphic violence, profanity, sexual activity, grotesque imagery, nudity, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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    28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Afro's Animation Was Cool But What About The Story? February 9, 2007
    There's no doubt that Afro Samurai has a cool and simple concept and a very bloody style. In this future world of feudal Japan nothing seems to matter but two headbands that represent the two best fighters. To get to the number one fighter you must go through the number two and to get to the number two you must go trough everyone else. This way of life that nobody should have to live especially a child who has nothing but the headbands and revenge on his mind. As a child Afro saw his father who was the number one fighter at the time get massacred by a man named Justice. After the fight is over Justice takes the number one headband off of the head of Afro's father, which was not too far away from his body. Justice tells Afro something similar to what Uma Thurman said to Vivica A. Fox's daughter in Kill Bill, that if he wanted revenge he would fight him when he came for him.

    Afro took those words very seriously and took a few things of his fathers including his very cool Katana. Afro immediately went from an innocent child to an almost emotionless man with a ton of weight on him as he begins his vengeful journey. Afro Samurai is a unique anime or story for that matter. You don't see too many people willing to put out a story with basically nothing but very bloody fight scenes for about two episodes before a really good story starts up. Especially in a 5 part series where the episodes are only between 20 and 30 minutes long. I can't lie because I love stuff like that and it made Afro Samurai all the more tempting to finish watching. The second is that this was a pricy anime to make costing $1 million per episode so I'm sure a few viewers from the Hip hop community were expected to watch this.
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    25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance applies here June 13, 2007
    By Cloud
    Recently I got into the show Samurai Champloo, done by the man responsible for the much-praised Cowboy Bebop. That show oozes style and panache while still maintaining a compelling atmosphere and likable characters. Afro Samurai on the other hand just tries way too hard to be cool and its emphasis on that "coolness" completely robs it of anything else it wants to have when presenting this old-yet-anachronistic world. Meaning this is a show where there was more time spent on its visuals than anything else and you can very much see that is the case although the more testosterone-driven people might disagree with me.

    Comprised of 5 episodes, Samuel L. Jackson plays Afro who has a boy saw his father killed right in front of him by the evil Justice. Justice wants the #1 headband which says that he is the best fighter ever. Afro, growing up and full of dreams of revenge, has the #2 headband which means only he can take on the number one. Only thing is whoever is number 2 has to fight everyone and really anyone who thinks they can take him on. And so the bulk of the series is basically Afro taking on any moron who thinks they can go after him as well as revealing backstory on old friends and how he got the #2 headband back.

    First I should talk about the positives because the negatives might be a little bit extensive. Gonzo Animation, known for such titles as Samurai 7, Trinity Blood, and Chrono Crusade, Gonzo has really outdid themselves with the animation here with is just as fluid and beautiful as it should be with character designs on the mark a large part of the time which was a problem I always saw with Samurai 7. One battle, taking place in a snowfield is just as serene in its atmosphere as is some of the lighting in other places.
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    26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Like chocolate and peanut butter. February 2, 2007
    Come on, how could you go wrong? Afro. Samurai. Samuel L Jackson. If this isn't a recipe for awesome, I don't know what is. If the notion doesn't immediately strike you that this is the coolest concept ever, move along; there's nothing for you to see here. But if you're a fan of animated carnage and you think that Sam Jackson is the king of cool, then this series is well worth it.

    The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world (don't they all?) and follows Afro's pursuit of the "#1 Headband" which is said to grant god-like power to the one who possesses it. Just so happens that the guy who currently possesses it killed our main man's father right in front of him at an early age, hence Afro's quest for vengeance. The trick is that nobody can challenge the owner of the "#1 Headband" unless he possesses the "#2 Headband". Needless to say, the owner of #2 is beset on all sides by every bloodthirsty yahoo who lusts for the power of the #1. That's where the endless carnage comes in. Limbs and heads fly to and fro with whimsical abandon, blood splatters everywhere, death is at pretty much every stop on the Afro-train. Along the way he encounters seductive kunoichi, cyborgs, a dual-bladed opponent in a teddy bear mask, a rocket-launching psychopath, a cybernetic double, and much, much more.

    The backstory is filled in with near-constant flashbacks, some of which help alleviate the confusion of what the hell you are watching, and some of which just add to it. The series is short, real short. Like, five 20+ minute episodes short. This is enough to satisfy one's bloodlust and build a decent story, but not nearly enough to fully flesh out the world or the people who inhabit it.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmm
    Good. Loved it.
    Published 20 days ago by Michael
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Bad Ass !!!
    Published 1 month ago by Troy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good buy.
    Published 2 months ago by Curtis McBride
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good for being something different and new.
    The anime is great but a little short. That is why I have it a 4/5. If you are new to anime, this makes a good choice. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Elmo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies for the price can't complain.
    Great movies for the price can't complain.
    Published 3 months ago by Kenneth
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must watch for all anime lovers
    Blood, gore, samurai, afros, what could be better? I submit nothing could.
    Published 3 months ago by StoneManMike
    5.0 out of 5 stars afro samurai
    I like this one it was good....
    Published 3 months ago by dora love
    3.0 out of 5 stars this is a good anime
    I recently got the Afro Samurai directors cut from a grocery store on sale ad watched it. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by R. Bollinger
    4.0 out of 5 stars Afo Samurai
    I heard about this dvd. I was told it was good. I it use at a Rasputin Record store. It was not bad at all.
    The story is bite bloody and revange.
    Published 6 months ago by rts8
    3.0 out of 5 stars Proof that a big budget don't make for the best entertainment.
    Pros(+): Great animations; Great music; Superior voice acting; Amazing production value
    Negatives (-): EXTREMELY POOR PLOT; Little to no character development
    Summary:... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Andres A.
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