Monday, January 29, 2018

Synapse Films to release 'Path of Blood' (2016) an Animated Love Letter to the Gory Japanese Samurai Films on March 13th 2018


Label: Synapse Films
Region Code: Region-FREE
Duration: 62 Minutes
Release Date: March 13th, 2018
Audio: DTS-HD MA Japanese 2.0 Stereo
Video: 1080p [HD Widescreen (2.35:1)
Director: Eric Power
Starring: The voice talents of Kenji Kiuchi, Yoshi Okai, Shinya Wakao and Leo Shue Schuster


One of the most inspired (and inspiring) works of animation in recent memory, PATH OF BLOOD is a blood-spraying, sword-clanging, mind-blowing samurai epic made entirely inside the confines of one man’s kitchen. A testament to the power of personal artistic vision, every frame of PATH OF BLOOD resonates with the kind of singular artistry that only the rarest of DIY projects can offer. Synapse Films is proud to bring this one-of-a-kind slice of animated madness to blu-ray along with an array of bonus features that take you inside the mind of its visionary creator.

Japan, 1614. War is over. Samurai displaced through defeat or reform wander the countryside as Ronin, seeking work where they can find it. At the edge of a forgotten village lies a path leading deep into the mountains. It is rumored the brave few who make it down the path will be rewarded with a life of freedom and purpose. However, none who have entered the path have returned. When a lone samurai sets his course towards the Path of Blood, unknown danger and terror awaits. Will his great swordsmanship be enough to survive?

PATH OF BLOOD is the first animated film by Eric Power. Shot frame-by-frame in traditional paper stop motion (like the pilot episode of SOUTH PARK), the film boasts a unique visual style paired with a visceral tale of samurai, bandits, and deadly ninja. Many years in the making, this film is a love letter to the Japanese samurai genre, as well as a tribute to the ultra-violence of the LONE WOLF AND CUB series.

Special Features:
- “Making of PATH OF BLOOD” Featurette
- PATH OF BLOOD – The Original Short Film
- Original Promotional Trailer
- “Video Game” Inspired Trailer
- Image Gallery

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