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Watch As 2 Samurai Duel It Out in the Sky


A few years ago, Japanese actor, director, and inventor Shota Mori achieved his ambition of creating a device so he could pop a concealed smartphone out of his sleeve like a secret agent. Now, he has achieved an impossible goal of staging a mid-air jet pack samurai sword duel.

The two swordsmen begin their fight with their blades crossed and their feet on the ground. But then smoke billows from the canisters strapped to their backs, and they float into the air before they start slashing at one another.

Some are calling the video staged, but Mori himself has remained mum as to any visual trickery that may have been involved.

If you’re wondering why the undoubtedly difficult-to-film fight was recorded vertically, it’s because it’s part of smartphone service provider SoftBank’s Softbank Smartphone Junior High School project of videos with vague connections to academic fields—in this case, ostensibly science and technology—as is Mori’s creation of what appears to be the world’s longest selfie stick as seen in the video above.

With Mori’s eclectic interests and talents, there’s no telling what he’ll invent next, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be some combination of crazy, cool, and awesome.

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