Iron Maze

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Iron Maze updates the Akira Kurosawa Rashomon tale and works it into a story involving the Japanese corporate takeover of a Pennsylvania steel mill. When Junich Sugita (Hiroaki Murakami), the son of a Japanese businessman, is found beaten to death in the steel mill just purchased by the father, the film examines four different points of view as Junich's murder is reconstructed. Barry Mikowski (Jeff Fahey), a steelworker angered by the shutdown of the steel plant, immediately surrenders to local police-chief Jack Ruhle (J.T. Walsh). Barry claims it was self-defense, because Junich attacked him when he found out he was having an affair with his wife Chris (Bridget Fonda). But Chris has her own version of the murder, Junich and Chris's versions are later both heard, and finally a young boy, Mikey (Gabriel Damon), appears with a story of his own that ties up all the loose ends.


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  • Apr 27, 2010
    IRON MAZE (1991) WRITTEN BY: Ryunosuke Akutagawa and Hiroaki Yoshida DIRECTED BY: Hiroaki Yoshida Iron Maze is a little known and offbeat update to Roshomon. Set in Pittsburgh, the story opens when the son of a Japanese businessman is found beaten to death. The body is discovered in the steel mill just purchased by his father as part of a corporate takeover. The murder is investigated via four different viewpoints, leaving the viewer to decide where the truth lies. With plenty of cinematography highlighting the urban architecture of Pittsburgh, there are many scenes shot in huge, spectacularly creepy industrial locations. Iron Maze has a very classy feel and unique production style. With Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Damon and Jeff Fahey,Iron Maze was released just after the height of the PA steel plant closings. As sub-themes the film offers some insight regarding cultural differences in communication styles as well as examining social issues ancillary to the rash of plant shutdowns during the steel crash. Despite its slightly cerebral tone, there is enough action and suspense to make the movie exciting. Unusual for an American film, Iron Maze is an overlooked and forgotten little gem of a movie that Roshomon fans should see.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2008
    a good script & plot. bad direction, bad acting and bad filming! bridget fonda stands there and looks pretty. jeff fahey is annoying at the best of times. hiroaki murakami stands there as well. made me think a little of the newer film "unknown"... but erm it's nowhere near as good as "unknown". a victim of its own cheapness. the best thing was J.T. Walsh playing the cop. his acting even managed to shine here
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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