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February 25, 2008
Crisp direction, uneven storytelling.
February 13, 2008
An energetic, riotously funny piece of seishun eiga that pokes fun at rampant nationalism and raging hormones all at the same time. Suzuki swings for the bleachers, like always, and hits most of the balls with style and grace this time. Superb stuff!
December 2, 2007
He plays piano with his penis and ends up masturbating three times before getting into a massive melee because he's thinking of the girl he likes too much. Oh yeah, and great satire of nationalism. What the heck isn't there to like?
½ November 25, 2007
Suzuki's powerful satire on imperialim
½ November 23, 2007
beautiful cinematography. also a look at fascism and how young boys go bad or something.
November 19, 2007
Amazing. I didn't think anything could be better than "Youth Of The Beast". I was wrong.
November 3, 2007
An essay on the logic of war. Suzuki turns banal situations into great sequences. Youth as a fresh servant machine of destruction. Just the way it is nowadays. Great film
½ October 30, 2007
It's growing better with memory, but it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.
½ October 3, 2007
Granted some of the humor is a bit immature, this is probably Suzuki's most entertaining film, whether it be for the absurd fight sequences or Hideki Takahashi's over-the-top performance. Plus Suzuki's black and white work is alway some of his most interesting.
September 1, 2007
A 1960's Japanese film that relies on boner jokes. It started out strong and inappropriately funny, but once the action sequences set in, it just became repetitive. You could skip twenty minutes of this film and not feel like you'd missed a thing.
½ August 25, 2007
a pretty good seijun suzuki film about a man's sexual urges turned into violence.
August 17, 2007
um no, not interested
August 13, 2007
As the third part of the ongoing Seijun Suzuki collection on DVD, Fighting Elegy is the crown jewel in this diverse auteurs? back catalogue. Set in the late Thirties, the story follows high school drop out Kiroku Nanbu struggling to come to terms with his own adolescence conflicting with society & his pubescent self.

Elegy is a work of art, each shot is beautifully crafted; exposing the underbelly of the boy and relishing each awkward moment with a dark edged delight. Though essentially the themes of society, religion and Nanbu?s journey from innocence toward macho fascist are not typical fair for humour; the screenplay by Onibaba director Kaneto Shindo allows Suzuki to handle the reality with satirical aplomb.

Fighting Elegy is perfect classic narrative cinema, with enough artistic flair to remain timeless. It is filled with moments that should be watched, cherished, rewound and watched again.
½ August 7, 2007
Significantly better than Branded to Kill, and plus the way the ladder takes the place of the I on the box is pretty good.
July 24, 2007
a man plays piano with his penis.
½ May 26, 2006
vraiment marrant, bonne satire de la guerre
½ October 26, 2005
I loved this movie a lot more than I did. Its a different kind of movie that is quick movie some good old classic violence and its funny. Everything you could want in a movie.
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