DIRECTOR: SHINYA TSUKAMOTO
“From cult film maestro Shinya Tsukamoto comes a dark take on the
samurai drama. A young ronin appears in a farming village on his way
through the countryside. Offering to help with the harvest, he is taken in
by the farmers. Shortly hereafter an experienced samurai comes through
town looking for men to join him on his way to Edo. The ronin accepts, but
when a band of roaming thugs appears outside of the village, it may spell
doom for both the ronin and the village…”*
This movie is one of the most accurate portrayals of what “Killing” can do to a person. There were a few elements that I did not understand, like there are sever masturbation scenes for the young ronin. I don’t know how that added to the story.
This movie definitely has plot twist after plot twist, painting a picture of (small scale war) senseless fighting can do. The old ronin takes view (from my perspective) is “eye for an eye.” His foresight did not allow him to figuratively see that, “An eye for an eye leaves the world blind.” The twist in this movie are almost unpredictable, in the terms of who you think is the good guy, and who is the bad guy. that is a lot different from who feels like the good guy and who feels like the bad guy. I think this movie done a great job of character building, because I saw those elements of relatability for the characters.
The best thing about the movie was its harsh and cold look at the effects of taking a life, in the words of the young ronin, “how can you kill so easy?!” My rating for this movie is 4/5 stars.
*Synopsis from https://www.dropbox.com/s/kc6twvxmmmhrjgu/HIFF_2018-program%20guide-PDF%20Download.pdf?dl=0