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the discipline of letting go
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written by liversounds June 2, 2006 - 8:56 PM PDT
at times the film releases into dream-like reality... at other times there is just a guy grunting and screaming as enemies are slashed down...

in either case this is not a typical samurai film because the art/honor of the samurai is nowhere highlighted... on the other hand, this film is typical because evil is confronted ceaselessly, and the enemies keep coming...

HOWEVER: rent this movie for this alone: incredibly fascinating/powerful are the montage scenes that include japanese (bluesy?) guitarist Kazuki Tomokawa spinning beautiful simple poetry--while the film shifts to images of war or dancing or etc... this is emotion and the absurd beautifully presented

(a) history of violence
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written by cammelltoe April 11, 2006 - 1:39 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
miike's 'stab' at a samurai film is a characteristically cock-eyed attempt to expose the senseless violence of humankind (focused on 20th century japan)through the thematic mirrors of the genre. if he fails, it is because the heavy-hand of this ambititous allegory all but crushes the life out of any type of linear narrative that would enable easy viewing. if he succeeds, it is because of the kinetic dazzle of the action, bolstered by a steady stream of guest stars and striking imagery. worth a chance, especially for samurai fans.

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