Hebi no Michi (Serpent's Path) (1998)
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Another triumph for Kiyoshi Kurosawa. This is a highly overlooked film. Once again the idea of revenge is a simple one. Usually Kurosawa has some supernatural twist. Here the twist is simply one very deceptive and fascinating character. As one man seeks revenge for his daughter, his friend begins to take control of the situation. We then see him play mind games and even begin to twist the truth. His motives are unclear but it leads to an excellent ending. The whole film, like all revenge films, depicts violence in a negative light. Showing how it leads to more violence and more pain. No amount of revenge can put things right. Here the cinematography is once again grim but alluring. A short and deceptively complex film. Much like one of its main characters.
This is a great film that in many ways touches on just what I expect to see in a gangster film. A lot of grittiness, a fast paced story and short duration give you a decent amount of excitement. Since sukiyaki western , however, Teriyuki just looks goofy no matter what he is doing.
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