Cult Movie Essentials

Cult Movie Essentials: G.I. Samurai (1979)

Based on the novel by Ryo Hanmura, G.I. Samurai (aka Time Slip)follows the adventures of a modern-day (modern day being 1979) Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) team that accidentally travels in time to the Warring States period. The accident happens when a patrol boat and a helicopter suddenly find themselves stranded 400 years in the past and under attack by samurai forces. Their designated leader, Lieutenant Yoshiaki Iba (Sonny Chiba), befriends and joins forces with Nagao Kagetora, the war leader of lord Koizumi. Seeing the stranded soldiers’ war machinery in action, Kagetora persuades Iba to aid him in his struggle for supremacy in Japan.

In the meantime, however, Iba finds himself facing the desperation of his men who want to return to their own time. Some make contact with the locals – one of the soldiers, Mimura, even finds himself a consort who keeps following him – whilst others freak out, running away in a desperate attempt to return home, or rebelling against rules and restrictions and try to live a pirate’s life. Finally, his force shrunk from 21 men to 11, Iba manages to calm his troops by telling them that by fighting history and thus creating a time paradox they might be able to return home. Iba joins Kagetora and fights by his side…

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