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Sabu (2002)

Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Director: Takashi Miike
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Artsmagic DVD
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Prison, Japan
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Takashi Miike (Full Metal Yakuza, the Black Society trilogy), one of the most prolific directors in chambara today, delivers a haunting tale set in the Tokugawa era. Framed for a crime he did not commit, Eiji is subjected to the harsh realities of the Ishikawa workhouse. Sabu, Eiji's longtime friend, must discover who is responsible for Eiji's incarceration, before prison life consumes him completely. Adapted from the classic Japanese novel by Shugoro Yamamoto, Miike uses the work to his own purpose with his usual flair.

Special Features:

  • The Making of SABU
  • Artwork
  • 2 Interviews with Director Takashi Miike
  • An Interview with SABU's Male Leads Tatsuya Fujiwara & Satoshi Tsumabuki
  • An Interview with SABU's Female Leads Omoko Tabata & Kazue Fukiishi
  • Original Movie Trailer

GreenCine Member Reviews

Channel 26 fair by kamapuaa July 20, 2004 - 12:47 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This doesn't play like other Takashi Miike movies - and I'm not just talking about the period setting and the absence of absurd ultra-violence. It doesn't have many of the techniques I associate with Miike - the stylistic experimentation, the flashbacks, the tendency to dive into tangents. It's more a straightforward period-piece melodrama, like a Chinese TV soap. Very few moments had a hint of the Miike feel. On the other hand, I have a feeling that with Miike's huge filmography, and how he talks of being a director-for-hire (directing making-of documentaries, after school specials, etc.) many of his movies are like this, but don't get released in the USA.

The movie itself is competent, but nothing extraordinary. The acting is good, the movie is well-paced, and so forth. But it's not particularly ambitious, either, and I find the genre kind of corny. It's worth watching, but the least vital of Miike's films.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 5.74)
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Sawada Kenji Forever!
He started as a member of the singing group The Tigers in the 60's and has had a long and successful career as a solo singer ever since. His fans call him "Julie." He's had a stage and screen acting career that'll keep you guessing.

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