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November 3rd, 2009


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11:59 pm - Old School Japanese Cinema: Sword of Doom

Lately I've been on a samurai movie kick. Most of my viewing experience has been Kurosawa but I wanted to branch out, and I watched Okamoto's Sword of Doom.

This one was pretty dark, and violent: the last seven minutes alone featured an epic, blood-splattering, ear-cringing, high body count showdown. The plot centers around a samurai (or, at least, a wannabe one) named Ryunosuke Tsukue, whose hobbies include killing defenseless old men, sake, and assassinating government leaders. As the movie progresses he commits numerous acts of violence but also is increasingly haunted by them. I became quite fond of actor Tatsuya Nakadai's cryptic stares into nothiness: was he cruelly detached, or shocked by who he had become? Good flick.

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