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Re:Born – Check out the new fighting style developed for the Japanese film in new trailer

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When an entire squad of Japanese Defense Force soldiers are cut down during a training exercise, it appears the worst is true: the Ghost, a legendary covert operative, has seemingly come back and set his targets on the force that used and abandoned him. His old comrade is now living a quiet life and trying to simply slip by unnoticed as he raises the young girl in his care, but must return to the world he abandoned to stop his former friend turned enemy.

After exploding onto the scene as the star of Ryuhei Kitamura’s Versus back in 2000, Tak Sakaguchi (Alive, Shinobi : Heart Under Blade) has been one of the go-to action stars and fight choreographers in Japan, with a loyal cadre of fans all around the globe. Having worked for a few years behind the camera as action choreographer on Sion Sono’s Tag and Tokyo Tribe under a pseudonym, Re:Born marks Tak’s return to the screen with collaborator Yuji Shimomura (Death Trance, Flash Point, Warriors Way, Gantz:Perfect Wars) with him.

Built around a unique fight discipline, called “Zero-Range Combat,” created by combat supervisor Yoshitaka Inagawa, with a script stripped back to its bare essentials, Re:Born plays like a sort of First Blood reflected back on itself. Director Yuji Shimomura — one of the world’s most under-appreciated action directors and a key member of Donnie Yen’s stunt team — shoots vicious segments with a raw elegance while Sakaguchi proves once again that his quiet gravitas makes him one of the most compelling action stars in the world.

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