SFotD: ‘The Old Samurai’ is an Epic, 6-Minute Clash From the Past

By  · Published on April 4th, 2013

Why Watch? With commanding visuals and a supreme sense of timing, this short from Benjamin Wong tells the story of a world-weary fighter faced with a newcomer’s sword and the guilt of a haunted past. The opening sequence is a testament to how gorgeous slow motion can be when it’s not overwrought – the figures and their swords carved out of the space with a fine patina, a remarkable anguish on the old man’s face.

But the tale it silently tells is compelling as well, sharing an insight into the kind of man the samurai is that explains ultimately why he’s struggling, yet still fighting. Beautifully choreographed and executed, it’s a killer combination of antique visuals and timeless honor.

What will it cost? Around 6 minutes.

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