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Momentum Asia have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 for 24th April 2006 priced at £15.99. Directed by the creative force behind three of the most recent Godzilla films, Masaaki Tezuka (2003's Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., 2002's Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla and 2000's Godzilla vs. Megaguirus), SAMURAI COMMANDO: MISSION 1549 is a big-budget reworking of the 1979 Sonny Chiba hit, G.I. Samurai, itself based on the successful sci-fi novel by Ryo Hanmura.

In 2003, a highly classified military experiment involving magnetic shielding goes disastrously wrong causing the mysterious disappearance of a squadron of Japanese SDF soldiers, along with several tanks and a helicopter. In their place appears a lone, injured man dressed in 16th century period battle dress…

Two years later, small black holes have begun appearing across the Japanese landscape. Capable of sucking in matter, energy and light, they threaten the very existence of the planet. Military research suggests that the 2003 experiment created a rift in the space/time continuum, effectively sending the soldiers and their weaponry 456 years back in time to Japan's Warring States era. Now it is believed their actions in the past are throwing time into disarray and causing history to attempt to repair itself by destroying the present. With an estimated 74 hours to go until the world ends, a second military squadron repeats the fateful experiment and travels back in time in an attempt to rescue their former comrades and restore the past. On arrival in the year 1549, they discover a country in turmoil, ruled by a power-mad Shogun tyrant in possession of modern-day weaponry – a man intent on destroying Mount Fuji and changing the course of world history forever. But this man is no stranger to the soldiers…

Features include: documentary (film compilation presenting insight into previous versions); making of featurettes (x2); SFX documentary; cast interviews; interview with author Ryo Hanmura.

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