The Cherry Bushido Review: Propaganda Masquerading as a Terrible Martial Arts Film

Japanese nationalism and divinity are promulgated as ham-fisted propaganda in a dreadful martial arts film. The Cherry Bushido whitewashes past atrocities in response to current geopolitical threats. The premise has a warrior "chosen" by God to defend Japan from attacks in the real and astral world. Everyone who disagrees with the protagonists' dogma are cowards being controlled by an evil demon. Japan does face security challenges from its authoritarian neighbors. But the idea that the country is beyond reproach hearkens back to a dangerous ethnocentric ideology.


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