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Harakiri

Harakiri

(1962)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]In this anti-samurai film by Masaki Kobayashi ([i]Kwaidan[/i]), the feudal system is criticized through metaphor and mild allegory, starting in the early years of the Tokugawa shogunate, as opposed to most samurai films, which take place in the last decades. [/size][/font][font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]The significance of the period, the early 17th century, is that the edicts of the young Tokugawa regime and the fervor of a new leadership is strong, allowing Kobayashi to effectively target the political climate of post-war Japan with the corruption of the old shogunate, and the mistreatment of its people.[/size][/font]
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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) comes to the home of the Iyi clan, asking permission to commit seppuku. While there, he learns of another [i]ronin[/i], Motome Chijiiwa (Akira Ishihama), who, earlier in the year, arrived with the same request. He hears the story of this [i]ronin[/i], and the subsequent humiliation before his gruesome death. When Tsugumo is granted permission to disembowel himself, he sits on the platform in the house's courtyard, asking for three different specific men to be his [i]kaishaku[/i], hearing one after the other has fallen ill. He then recounts [i]his[/i] story to the lord of the house, one which reveals Tsugumo's true intent, and much about Chijiiwa, and the three "ill" retainers.[/size][/font]
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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]This film was first of all masterfully done. It's been long named an anti-samurai film because it deals with the incipient stages of the disbanding of the true samurai, and their code of honor. It does not glorify the way of the samurai like most films do.[/size][/font]
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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]Criterion's two-disc set offers a video introduction by scholar Donald Richie, interviews with the director, interviews with one of the stars and the screenwriter, poster gallery, trailer, and a 32-page booklet.[/size][/font]

Shin seiki Evangelion Gekij˘-ban: Shito shinsei (Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth)

Shin seiki Evangelion Gekij˘-ban: Shito shins...

(1995)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]I bought this film and I was excited. I was thrilled to see more of a great series, and what was supposed to be a finale. Soon after this release, there came [i]The End of Evangelion[/i]. I watched this first.[/size][/font]

[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]The first hour and a half was a recap of every single episode in the series. I was so mad! The last twenty or thirty minutes were new. I wasn't mad anymore. But then, the ending left me hanging. I rushed to the store and bought the last film:[/size][/font]



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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]This film is amazing! The first half hour sort of recapitulated the last half hour of [i]Death and Rebirth[/i]. So, [i]D&R[/i] is rendered completely frivolous. You don't need it! [i]End of Evangelion[/i] has it all. This one brings the story to a close, answering most of the questions one might have. It's well made and well written. After I got over the fact that I had to return the worthless first film, I was overcome with pure joy. If you're a fan of the series, but haven't watched any of the movies yet, I hope these reviews help. Just buy [i]EofE![/i][/size][/font]

Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (Ju-on 2)

Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (Ju-on 2)

(2003)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=3]Not since [i]Ringu[/i] have I seen a good, creepy Japanese film, (crap remake not included). Takashi Shimizu, like all Japanese, believes in the spiritual world, the ghostly world. I have to say that this film is much more accessible when one fully understands Japanese tales, myths, legends, and the history of said stories. So I found this picture gratifying.[/size][/font]
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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=3]The film starts with a brief background: when one dies in a rage or great emotion a curse is born. Then skip ahead to an intern who is asked to visit the home of an infirmed woman. The girl goes to the house, and is met with an interesting, if lethargic, old lady who sits and stares. What we don't know, but quickly learn, is that the house is haunted. (From earlier images of a man killing his family, one can deduce the reason for the haunting).[/size][/font]
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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=3]One of the important elements in this film is the fact that each character's story is told episodically. We see the effects of the curse on each person who comes in contact with the house. That's the beautiful thing about this film. Unlike sub-par American thrillers, this film allows its antagonists to actually follow its victims to their homes. It is not limited to the house alone. Plus, this story feeds off of Japanese death legends. [/size][/font]
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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=3]Rather than synopsizing the film, the above should entice a curious viewer to watch this film. If you've seen the remake, but not the original, try to forget the new and go for the old, (though both were done the same year - not so old). The supplements were interesting, though my favorite is the Ju-on storytelling vignette.[/size][/font]

Juyuso seubgyuksageun (Attack the Gas Station)

Juyuso seubgyuksageun (Attack the Gas Station...

(2001)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]Director Kim Sang-Jin takes us into an anarchistic world in this great film. Some have opined that this film is a stab at Korean society, a story about Korea's problems, ad infinitum. Maybe. But without worrying about any of that, let me just say one thing: this film is a hell of a lot of fun.[/size][/font]

[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]Four youths are bored and decide to rob a gas station. Fast-forward. They're bored again, and decide to rob the same gas station. The manager, believing they're not "retards," doesn't worry about hiring security. They arrive to find that they'll have to wait for money to steal. What follows is chaotic, funny, intelligent, poignant, and a blast. We are treated to gangsters being forced to rap, two-man fights just for fun, and a huge war with big-shot gangsters and moped-driving delivery boys. The element I appreciated was the background on the four main characters. Through flashbacks, we see what each man was, and why they're still so angry.[/size][/font]

[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]Tokyo Shock offers funny bios for the characters, and a making-of featurette.[/size][/font]

Whispering Corridors

Whispering Corridors

(2005)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[font=Palatino Linotype][size=4]Boring.[/size][/font]

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