Sakigake!! Otokojuku (Be a Man! Samurai School) (2008)
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Tak Sakaguchi takes a seat in the director's chair for Be a Man! Samurai School.Going from minute 1 to minute 105 is quite the hike. At a high level, the story is there, but the execution of the plot details is lacking. The character buildup meanders, while the comedy isn't used as effectively as it can be. On a positive note, it's difficult to see what's coming from scene to scene thanks to the over the top antics of the story.The action is good. Once again, this is an area with the potential for better usage; although, it's hard to argue with the 2 combatants in the final showdown.Tak Sakaguchi shines when it comes to the action, but not so much on the acting. A lot of it is due to the writing of his character. Hideo Sakaki is a worthy adversary while the rest of the cast is outrageous and overacted.Be a Man! Samurai School has the makings of an over the top manga, but it only reaches that level from time to time when it's all said and done.
Mildy humorous, but little character development. Good action sequences and I would say is more like a manga on screen rather than a movie with a decent/cohesive plot. It's all about boys who fight developing into true men. I wouldn't say I would rewatch it but any movie with faction and fart jokes should be seen at least once.
For being directed and written by a first-timer, this isn't that bad. I enjoyed it. Any fans of the actors involved are sure to enjoy this.
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