Tokyo Fist (1998)
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Critic Reviews for Tokyo Fist
Whatever you think of this newest film by Japanese writer-director-actor Shinya Tsukamoto...you'll have trouble getting it out of your mind.
Audience Reviews for Tokyo Fist
[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=sandybrown]United 93[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=sandybrown]2006[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=sandybrown]Rating: 40/100[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=sandybrown]I really wanted to care while I watched this film but I couldn’t bring myself to care in the end, what the people of United 93 did is a great act, and this film was a good memorial to those who cared for the characters. But I felt engrossed at the beginning of United 93 but I gradually lost interest and it just dragged on until I just was kind of thinking things like this is getting slightly repetitive, I appreciate the sense of desperation. However, towards the last 30 or so minutes, it felt tiresome to me, the tension was gone by then, I just was getting back into it by the end. Overall, I just found this to be badly paced and repetitive.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=darkorange][/color][/size][/font]
The movie is about boxing in the same way a shore is 'about' sand, its just the backdrop, a place where violence can fester. For starters the movie is relentlessly beautiful, you could make a fat folder of images for your desktop with screen grabs from this movie. There are compositions in the film that have the power of excellent photography, an Ansel Adams of urban japan, gutters and over passes included. The city with it's towering buildings almost becomes a character in the movie. The film certainly aims for a disassociation from reality, often the colors of the movie stray into predominantly blue, yellow, orange. This artificial coloring along with the practiced compositions pushes the story into the realm of less real world narrative than that of allegory, myth perhaps. A bit of David Lynch perhaps filtered through another cultural sensibility. It's certainly not a straight forward Hollywood narrative and this will cause problems with many viewers. The emotional crescendo that viewers are accustomed to is missing and instead the characters progress through their own transformations apart from one another. The main themes through the film are guilt and punishment, the men haunted by a long ago event extract their vengeance upon one another, she, by subjecting herself to the line between self mutilation and beautification. Through this the characters are lost or saved. Subtitled in English of course and not the easiest watch, in fact it can be a bit of a test, perhaps a drink will make it go down easier.
Tsukamoto churns out a violent and uncontrollable view of male masculinity. I love this subject and I love it when my favorite directors touch upon it. Tsukamoto has the 'Jap rage' as he trains uncontrollably and madly to beat up his old friend who has started an affair with Tsukamoto's fiance. The camera work is amazing as usual I love Tsukamoto's style.
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