Here’s a new game that I’ve not devoted time and word to before. Blind Fate: Edo No Yami is the name and I’d love to tell you more about it. When we say, new game… We actually mean it’s a „fairly“ new game that saw the light of the day at the start of this year. It arrived at IndieGala in the middle of September, and the 30% off for it will expire soon. But it’s anything like our previous shogun articles. And our previous ninja/samurai articles we did a while back. You can read about them here. We even did an article about all of the cool movies that are set in Tokyo. Yeah, you can check it out here.
So, yeah. Here’s another reason to hurry up and get it while it’s still hot.
Edo No Yami: A Look At Various Aspects Of Japan
But to be fair… Japan has been a fairly recurrent topic for us here at IndieGala’s blog. For our Ghostwire: Tokyo we did a cool list of movies that are actually set in Tokyo. Check out that article here. And for our Nioh 2 article, we did a cool list of our favorite samurai movies. You can see which ones made the cut here. But we simply can’t go on any further with this article without the mere mention of the game itself.
Edo No Yami: What’s It All About?
Developed by Troglobytes Games and published by 101XP Ltd, Blind Fate: Edo No Yami is action adventure for the Shogun in you. It’s a new, dark and machine-filled Edo period, and the Shogunate rules over Japan with its just, but pitiless hand: you. You follow orders. You obey. And then You kill.
Until your sight is taken from you, and you must learn to “feel” the world anew…
— A world of data and lies
The Mask of the Oni creates a simulation of the world around you, but tread carefully: old data will show you only deceiving echoes of the past.
— Swords sing unseen
Even blind, you are unstoppable. Use different sensors to detect your enemies and identify their weak spots, then crush them with lightning speed.
— Robotic folktales of Japan
Discover the story of dozens of robotic versions of Japanese folktale creatures! Find their weaknesses and destroy each one with a devastating finisher!
— Long-lost mechanical lore
Your sensors pierce the curtain of the past. Use sound, smell and heat to explore the world, uncovering centuries of lore and guiding Yami on his vengeful, story-driven journey.
And What Are Some Of The Steam User Comments Saying About It?
- Edo no Yami is a good action game with quite a bit of variety in platforming types with a mix of swordplay, platforming and sense-based puzzles. Says Press Start To Begin In His Steam Review.
- While hmkboody adds: good game.
Edo No Yami: Shoguns, Warriors And The Glory Of Edo Period
Yes, we’ll include all of them in this article. All neatly divided in 4 separate movies. Some of them have Shoguns as main characters, some of them are just set in the Edo Period Of Japan. While some of them are a mix of both. And here’s a hint. Not all of them are made by Japanese cast and crew. Scroll down to find out which ones made the cut.
We’re having the 2010 movie in mind for this article. Although the 1963 original movie is amazing nonetheless. However, the modern-day remake has Takashi Miike behind the camera. And it has Kōji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Sōsuke Takaoka, Hiroki Matsukata, Kazuki Namioka in front of it. Set in 1844 toward the end of the Edo period, a group of thirteen assassins (twelve samurai and a hunter) secretly plot to assassinate Lord Matsudaira Naritsugu. The murderous leader of the Akashi clan, to thwart his appointment to the powerful Shogunate Council. But is it as good as the original movie? Well, some argue that it is. Many have praised the final battle sequence that lasts 45 whopping minutes, but the opening sequence is a shot-by-shot recreation of the 1960s-era original. How cool is that?
Fun fact: Out of the 13 assassins, only two survive the final battle: Shinrokuro and Koyata.
We couldn’t make a samurai warrior movie without a single mention of Akira Kurosawa’s work. Hence, Yojimbo is on the list. An iconic 1961 Japanese samurai film from Kurosawa and one of the greatest films ever made. But in it, a rōnin arrives in a small town where competing crime lords vie for supremacy. The two bosses, however, try to hire the newcomer as a bodyguard. Years later, the movie even got an unofficial remake by the equally legendary director Sergio Leone. Yes, we’re talking about the spaghetti western, A Fistful of Dollars. But the movie checks all the boxes. It’s set in 1860, during the final years of the Edo period. And it has a shogun warrior in the middle of the story. It’s a must-see movie.
Fun fact: “Yojimbo” means “bodyguard” in Japanese.
The Hidden Blade
Another movie from the 2000s. This time it’s Yoji Yamada’s The Hidden Blade. Based on a short story by Shūhei Fujisawa, the movie revolves around several samurai during a time of change in the ruling and class structures of Japan. Yes, the story takes place in Japan in the 1860s (or the end of the Edo Period of Japan). A time of cultural assimilation. And in it, a 19th Century samurai must resolve his history with a maid and with his close friend. This is a great movie, that demands your attention. A slow and steady samurai flick a la John Ford that brings emotions and psychology to an epic-scale adventure is the general consensus about it, and yes. It says a lot.
Fun fact: This movie is the second installment of director Yôji Yamada’s Samurai trilogy. ‘The Twilight Samurai’ being the first, ‘Love and honor’ being the third.
Told ya there wouldn’t be only Japanese movies on this list. No, the last place on it is for Silence. The only Hollywood movie on the list, and frankly the most recent one. Directed by Martin Scorsese, Silence is a historical epic drama. It follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Edo-era Japan via Macau. They’re trying to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholic Christianity in the process. Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, and Ciarán Hinds take center stage in Silence, and yes. It’s this is the second adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s novel of the same name. After the 1971 movie of course. It’s also a must-watch.
Fun fact: The film’s premiere was held at the Vatican.
Are You A Fan Of Edo No Yami?
Let us know if you are. And feel free to tell us about your favorite movie with a Shogun in the lead role. What’s your favorite movie that’s set in the Edo Period? Tell us all about it in the comment section.