I love Grind House movies. A grindhouse is an American term for a theater that mainly shows exploitation films. It is named after the defunct burlesque theaters located on 42nd Street in New York City, where 'bump n' grind' dancing and striptease were featured. Grindhouse films characteristically contain large amounts of sex, violence or bizarre subject matter. One genre of film featured were "roughies" or sexploitation, a mix of sex, violence and sadism. Quality varied, but low budget production values and poor print quality were common. Critical opinions varied regarding typical grindhouse fare, but many films acquired cult following and critical praise. Double, triple, and "all night" bills on a single admission charge often encouraged patrons to spend long periods of time in the theaters.
Sakura is a tale of bloody revenge, played out amidst rampant corruption and greed. As a young girl, Sakura helplessly watched the brutal murder of her father. As a young adult, Sakura sets out on a brutal path of vengeance, discovering the reasons behind her father’s death, as well as discovering who she really is along the way. It’s a gritty, action-packed thrill ride that never takes its foot off the gas.
Aside from creating a modernized piece of classic entertainment, they hope to raise awareness to the negative undertones and stereotypes that exist in the Asian culture. They want to create a film that everyone can be proud of, a film that is as much of a success as a genre piece as it is a success in addressing race relations today. They wish to cast a positive light on the beauty of the Asian culture, as well as the artistic merit that exists within grindhouse cinema.
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