Ronin Gai (1990)

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In 1928, Masahiro Makino -- one of the first great Japanese directors -- released the very first samurai film with Roninkai - Daiichiwa Utkushiki Emono . In 1990 Masahiro Makino's grandson Kazuko Kuroki remade this samurai epic. The film opens in a run down roadhouse called the Murata when a scruffy ronin (a masterless samurai) named Aramaki Gennai (Yoshio Harada) tries to dine and dash. He's stopped by the establishment's burly bouncer (played by Zatoichi star Shintaro Katsu). Insults threaten to escalate into violence until a samurai (Renji Ishibashi) calls them fools and throws a couple gold coins their way. Realizing their foolhardiness, the two antagonists drop their swords and soon the three are fast friends. However, the trio soon find themselves rivals for the attention of a beautiful prostitute called Oshin (Kanako Higuchi). When it becomes clear that she favors Gennai, a rash of courtesan murders occurs. Can the three stop the killer before Oshin is the next victim? ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/61/243061.jpg[/img][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]A small town in 1836 Japan is suffering from a clan who does not believe in prostitution or individuals who purchase prostitutes. Arrays of prostitutes are found slain throughout the local forest. Three men, Bull, Gennai, and Horo, feel they must do something to protect the women. However, as they get closer to finding out who is in the clan they are compelled to remove themselves from the situation. When a girl they all love, Oshin, is kidnapped by the clan, they must sacrifice their own lives for hers.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“Women shouldn’t meddle in the affairs of men.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Kazuo Kuroki, director of Pickpocket, A Boy’s Summer in 1945, and Silence has No Wings, delivers Ronin-Gai. Ronin Gai possesses an uninspiring story. The film takes too long to get to the meat of the plot. There is a strong attempt to build up the main characters, like most samurai pictures; however, Kuroki over did it. The actors portrayed the characters well, and executed the limited action to perfection.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“If you kill me, I’ll be glad to die.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Gennai giving the bull “something,” Horo’s song during the fight between Gennai and the bull, the “I’ll do it standing up” reference, the bird raising conversation, the testing of the sword on the corpse scene, the writing lessons, the “stupid officers” reference, the paying to get the job story, Osen’s death scene, the village trading the girl for rice story, the selling sister plan, the surrounding and slaying of the hooker in the woods, the “act like a dog” scene, the cutting hair scene, the “smelled like bird shit” reference, Gennai coming to Oshin’s rescue, Horo coming to help Gennai, the reloading sword scenes, and Bull’s finish were amongst the better portions of the film.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“There’s a moth in the fire.”[/color][/size][/font] [color=white] [/color] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]The ending of this film is fantastic. While watching the film I almost couldn’t wait for it to end; when the conclusion came my eyes burst open. The end seemed to be the director’s primary vision, his masterpiece. It was almost like he built the film around his marvelous perception of the ending. Nevertheless, the build-up to the ending was an utter disappointment.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“She’s a gem amongst pebbles.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Grade: C [/color][/size][/font]

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