is a morose superhero on a vengeance mission against the person [or people]
who killed his sister. He had been a cop, but quit the force to dedicate
time tracking down Julie's murderer. His investigation leads him to Gokurikyu
Laboratories, a clandestine research facility owned by industrialist Hakuga
Genko. There, Narumi learns that his sister, a gymnast, had been killed
- along with other athletes - in an unethical DNA experiment that uses
extracted hormones [called "S" or "Skull"] to create
a super-race of soldiers with increased speed, endurance and strength.
However, once he attains this knowledge, Narumi is tossed into a chemical
vat [containing the remains of those victims] and left for dead. He does
manage to crawl from the waste, but he's a changed man. Narumi is now
infected with extreme measures of the S-Hormone and - besides needing
constant DNA injections for survival - he is ready to become the Skull
Soldier and is dedicated to destroying everyone involved in the project.
and lead actor Masaki Kyomoto was obviously influenced by Tim Burton's
nourishBatman (1989) and has taken the superhero motif into
an even more adult stratosphere. With an abundance of nudity and unflinching
nihilism, his SKULL SOLDIER emerges as a unique
venture into the genre. Masaki was a pop singer from Osaka who broke into
the movies with the epic Kinji Fukasaku/Sonny Chiba film LEGEND
OF THE EIGHT SAMURAI in 1983. He continued to star in movies (as
the memorable villain Kurando Sekine in SUKEBAN
DEKA 2) and television (Kamen Rider series) before
writing, directing and starring in this film. Since that time, Masaki
has concentrated mostly on TV, riding helm on fifteen different projects
including Ultraman Tiga.
Japanese film with English subtitles; 90
in DVD format, encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected theatrical trailers.
Graphic Violence/Nudity/Sexual Situations
Recommended for Mature Audiences