Story Revealed in Christophe Gans's Onimusha Adaptation
As everyone knows with the current state of Hollywood, video games are being adapted left and right. Another one that will be heading into production starting in April next year is Onimusha. The Capcom game originally hit shelves for the PlayStation 2 back in 2001 and focuses on a demon-fighting samurai. The feature film adaptation with be directed by Christophe Gans, who directed the Silent Hill movie from early last year. A brand new story synopsis has been released for fans of the game to determine just how Hollywood-ized it will be.
In feudal Japan, 1582, the warlord Nobunaga is ambushed by ninjas, led by the brave samurai Samanosuke. Trapped, Nobunaga commits seppuku, but two sinister sorcerers reanimate Nobunaga's corpse with a half-human insect larvae. The resurrected Nobunaga orders the capture of two very special women to fulfill his evil plans.
When Britta, the daughter of a Dutch merchant, is abducted on board a ship by seemingly invincible warriors, her tutor and confidant Jacob pursues her captors, vowing to rescue her at all costs. Meanwhile, the beautiful Princess Yuki is also kidnapped, this time by ninjas that reveal themselves, incredibly, to be part spider. In search of Yuki, Samanosuke joins forces with Jacob to vanquish their common foe. In the Cave of Elders, he receives a magical sword that will slay all within its reach—friend or foe—and learns of a sinister ceremony at Inabayama Castle intended to blot out the sun.
Performing a dangerous, stealthy invasion of the castle, Samanosuke and Jacob find the women they love dressed as Moon Princess and Daughter of the Sun, ready to be wed to and ravished by Nobunaga. Aided by their allies, the two warriors attack the insectoid hordes, but Samanosuke falls in battle, seemingly dead. In a mystical encounter, he is given the option to survive and fight—but it comes at a terrible cost…
The game currently has four sequels, including Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams which was released on the PlayStation 2 just last year. Although I didn't love Silent Hill, I did enjoy it. I think it is one of the better video game adaptations in the recent few years, and I'm hoping Christophe Gans doesn't go all Uwe Boll and turn Onimusha into a pile of crap.