Sabu (2002)

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Take a trip back to the Tokugawa era for this tale of friendship and loyalty from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike. When Eiji is wrongly imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit, his bad luck takes a turn for the worse when he is sent to an Ishikawa workhouse to perform hard labor. As Eiji attempts to survive the physical and mental torments of his incarceration, his lifelong friend Sabu struggles in the outside to seek out the man who truly perpetrated the crime before the bleak realities of prison life drive Eiji to a point beyond recovery. Adapted from writer Shugoro Yamamoto's classic novel, this unforgettable tale of courage is sure to remain with viewers and offer a new perspective on director Miike's wildly varied filmography. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Sabu

All Critics (1)

...an incredibly slow-paced and ultimately pointless historical drama...

Full Review… | August 3, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Sabu

½

For me, this was the epitome of an average film. Apparently it's a "historical" drama, as opposed to a simple "period" drama, but basically it tells a somewhat compelling story that suffers only slightly from some questionable character motivation (why does Eiji hit his best friend and one of his few advocates for an injustice that he has already discovered he wasn't responsible for?) but otherwise wraps up essentially as expected all along.

Zane Umsted
Zane Umsted
½

It was an ok movie with a nice story line. It is just that the story line didn't really go along smooth. It jumped around way too much. At some parts you couldn't even figure out which story went to which character. Tatsuya Fujiwara, I think, is always a great actor and did a great job in his role. He just seems to be good with emotion. The other actor, Satoshi Tsumabuki was just ok. It might of been the character he played that annoyed me, but I just didn't feel his role like I did with Fujiwara. Takashi Miike is a great director and I can't say he never really made a terrible movie. I would have to say that this is not one of his best though.

Paul Celano
Paul Celano

It was an ok movie with a nice story line. It is just that the story line didn't really go along smooth. It jumped around way too much. At some parts you couldn't even figure out which story went to which character. Tatsuya Fujiwara, I think, is always a great actor and did a great job in his role. He just seems to be good with emotion. The other actor, Satoshi Tsumabuki was just ok. It might of been the character he played that annoyed me, but I just didn't feel his role like I did with Fujiwara. Takashi Miike is a great director and I can't say he never really made a terrible movie. I would have to say that this is not one of his best though.

Paul Celano
Paul Celano

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