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Aragami back to product details

Not A Horror Movie Or Much Of Anything Else
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written by jetmorgan November 8, 2005 - 11:39 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
From the description one might get the impression this has a horror element but it's more fantasy than anything else and pretty banal fantasy at that. It starts off promisingly enough but once the plot is set up most of the rest of the movie is an extended sword fight that makes the fist fight in "They Live" seem very brief. I found it very dull.

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written by cammelltoe September 15, 2005 - 5:47 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I approached this film hoping for a nice little samurai (rice)potboiler and ended up with a mildly diverting live action manga seemingly aimed for ritalin-deprived 12 year-old boys. "aragami" displays director Kitamura Ryuhei's strengths and weakness well enough--- for pros, he has a fantastic sense of pulp story telling that reminds me of John Carpenter and always gets amazingly deranged performances out of his actors. On the con side, unlike Carpenter, his aesthetic doesn't come out of Howard Hawks and narrative filmmaking so much as music vids and advertisments, which is more distracting and banal than "cool". Plus an overreliance on generic techno music amps up the cheese factor.
However, I do recommend this disc for the extras, which include a number of charming onstage interviews with the director and his two stars, as well as discussion on why the film was actually made--- apparently, it was a challenge to make a better "duel" film with another director ( who made "2LDK"). Bottom line--- if you liked "versus" (kitamura's most famous, and widely available film) you will get a slight kick out of the extras. However, if you want a good samurai tale told through a contemporary viewpoint, move Miike Takashi's "Izo" up on your queue instead.

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