Fudoh: The New Generation Reviews
Y es que Fudoh, destila su sello en cada plano de la película, y aunque es cierto que esa sensación "mangaka" es comprensible, no te sabría decir si esto es debido al propio material original o a la genialidad de su creador.
Lo que si puedo decir es que sin duda es una cinta especial como ella sola: una trama de venganzas entre Yakuzas con ese hiperbolismo del anime y manga que solo los japoneses saben hacer.
Divertida sin duda.
Fudoh: The New Generation pits father against son, after Riki Fudoh's (Shosuke Tanihara) brother is killed by their father to appease a rival yakuza boss. Starting his own criminal organization at his high school, Riki employs an assortment of unusual bodyguards and assassins. There are a couple of pint-sized kids who tote massive fire power, and even a stripper who uses a blowgun; but doesn't use her mouth to shoot the darts at her victims. I won't say where she does put it, but you should be able to guess that one easily.
Like a lot of Japanese shock cinema, there is a lot of blood in Fudoh. And it is done in that fashion where people have endless gallons of blood that emit out of them whenever they are cut, stabbed or shot. Also, people seem to be able to take massive amounts of damage before they finally die. There is a shootout in a bathroom, where a man is hit dozens of times with power guns but keeps on moving. It's this sort of disregard to both logic and seriousness that made this film so enjoyable to watch.
Fudoh: The New Generation has a nice steady pace to it, bizarre characters and situations as well as an endless supply of fun and memorable eye candy. Gangster movies have a tendency of being too serious, especially with their violent content. Which is why I think I like the perverse twist that Fudoh uses on standard gangster movies, which really helps the film stand out from the majority of the other films of the genre. It may not be as great as other notable gangster films, but it is one that you won't soon forget after seeing.
The intrguing thing about Fudoh is that this quest to find one's place applies not only to the title character but also to the majority of the supporting cast, with each one finding some degree of personal fulfillment in helping young Fudoh avenge the death of his much admired older brother and thus become a dangerous yakuza boss.
Certainly, the unfetted nature of Miike's more mature pieces goes a long way to gauge audience invovlment in the story and it certainly manages to add extra weight to the film's many serious contextual questions, elevating it beyond the likable though largely blase comic book charm which infested Miike's similarly scenarioed Crows.
The only real improvement which could be made to Fudoh is the duration. The third act introduces characters and situations which touch on Japan's unstable relationship with South Korea - a rare moment where Miike touches on political history - and it would have been nice to have seen the director devote more time to this issue than simply keeping to the strict confines of the film's 90 minute package. Still, what's on offer is nothing to be sneezed at and remains far superior to the majority of commercial films coming out of Hollywood (although the same can be said of all of Miike-san's works).
Undoubtedly, Fudoh is a triumph of all that appeals about the director and sits right up there with Audition at the top of Miike's cannon.
and besides that is brilliant entertainment, we got acid falling on a girl´s face, hemaphrodites fucking with both women and man, 8 year old boy´s shooting a yakuza boss, a group of school kids playing footbal with they´re english teacher´s........HEAD and a high school girl throwing dart´s from her vagina.
in a summary is a very little nice movie to watch with all the family(don´t forget grandma) on a sunny afternoon. :D
Takashi Miike's masterpiece!