Samurai Rauni single-handedly terrorises the Finnish factory town of Meri-Pori. When the mysterious ‘Shame Tear’ puts a price on his head, Rauni kills, boozes and fucks his way towards the one who wants him eliminated. A Finnish samurai film? As if Tarantino and Refn were put in a blender together with Jodorowsky and Kusturica!
The first surprise: Rauni himself looks like a washed up ship’s captain, not at all like the samurai he claims to be. But this bizarre Finnish revenge movie doesn’t adhere to rules anyway, no matter what the genre is. The setting is deliberately theatrical, just like the colourful, seemingly randomly selected sets and costumes. The styling of the skirmishes between Rauni and his opponents could give Tarantino and Refn a run for their money. The more farcical and magic-realistic scenes, on the other hand, seem to be inspired by the films of Kusturica and Jodorowsky. Overall, Samurai Rauni is a wonderfully subversive outsider.