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Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

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[left]After viewing the first installment in this samurai trilogy, I immediately added the next two films to my Netflix queue. The ending really left me wanting more and unfortunately my Blockbuster only carries part 1.[/left]

Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

They don't come much more sentimental than Giuseppe Tornatore's [b]Cinema Paradiso[/b]. The 3 hour (director's cut) film tells the story of Salvatore, a man who has not returned to his small Silician village in 30 years. He reflects on his life, his love for the movies, and his first true love.

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Alfredo, the theatres projectionist, is a wonderful character. He's wise, despite his lack of education, and acts as a father figure for young Salvatore. It is the first half of the film which focuses on their relationship which is the strongest.

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Once Salvatore hits his teenage years, his love interest Elena is introduced. While the two have some great chemistry, there are unfortunately very view scenes which utilize it. Like all great romance stories, the couple become separated against their will and both vow to find the other. It's a cliche ridden story, but it is done exceptionally well. The score, although occasionally over-bearing, is magnificent and really carries the movie along. The only problem is the films length (170 min), the director's cut adds an unnecessary 51 minutes to what could be a flawless movie. There just feels like too much filler in this extended version to be a masterpiece.


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Samurai Fiction (SF: Episode One)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Hiroyuki Nakano's directorial and writing debut [b]Samurai Fiction[/b] is a masterpiece of the genre. A skillfully crafted revenge tale mixed with comedy and a rockin' soundtrack, [b]Samurai Fiction[/b] is as entertaining as movies come.

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The film, minus the opening credit shots, is completely filmed in black and white. The only time we see color is when a fatal blow is landed, where upon the screen tints red. The film follows Heishiro Inukai (Mitsuri Fukikoshi) as he tries to recover a stolen sword. On his journey, he crosses paths with Hanbei Mizoguchi (Morio Kazama), a master swordsman. Heishiro is determined to recover the sword from the samurai Kazamatsuri, while Hanbei tries to convince him revenge is fruitless.

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To complicate matters, our hero has also fallen in love with Hanbei's daughter Koharu. This love interest is also the basis for several comical scenes where Heishiro's nose bleeds when he becomes arroused at the sight of her bare legs.

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Overall, Samurai Fiction is a meaningful, deep story suberbly told with beautiful camera shots and witty dialouge. A must see for any fans of Japanese cinema.

Jiu ming (Koma)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

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[left]Koma is a thriller about kidney theft. Problem is, it's only slightly more entertaining than having your own kidney stolen.[/left]