Dr. Akagi (1999)
as Dr. Akagi
Critic Reviews for Dr. Akagi
Accomplished at expressing the complexities of human nature and emotions, Imamura has captured a sense of timelessness to the extent that we all but forget the time and place.
As lively, irreverent, and bizarrely cheerful as any of Imamura's previous low-life sagas.
Audience Reviews for Dr. Akagi
This film has the basic materials to be very good indeed. 1945, Japan. Dr. Akagi on his mission to combat an epidemic of hepatitis; helped in that mission by an escaped POW; while he manages to resist the advances of a young sexpot. Unfortunately, it doesn't resolve itself well at all. Not enough is made of the POW. Or the junkie-surgeon. Or the harlot-turned-nurse. There are more good characters here than our writer/director can handle. Then comes the whale and bomb ending that just seems a confession of failure: "I don't know how to end this so let's just make it absurd." Someone called this a black comedy. Nonsense. It's not a bit funny and that absurd ending doesn't convert what was all along a drama into a black comedy.
(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I found it to be well-acted and interesting. AKA: [i]Kanzo Sensei[/i]
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