What do you get if you add some under-cranked action footage of samurai warriors moving in unison, staccato-like editing of emotional turmoil, a camera moving away from the fight with everybody chasing after and the presence of fear and respect amongst the participants to one and the same movie reel?
Well, first and foremost you'll get some good stuff in your hands - and you're most likely watching Japanese samurai flick Orochi (The Serpent).
Jonas Högberg & Anders Hultqvist discuss this delightful little nugget when manhandling the year 1925 in their ongoing quest to trace the history of action cinema. Also appearing in this episode: Harold Lloyd's The Freshman, Buster Keaton's Seven Chances, Douglas Fairbanks Don Q, Son of Zorro.
"The Dean of the College - he was so dignified he never married for fear his wife would call him by his first name."