God I miss hand-animated movies.
Took this to my parents' for a post-Thanksgiving dinner viewing because I know they love all the modern superhero stuff (that I really couldn't care less about), probably had yet to see it, and it rules and I wanted to share it...
First thing out of my stepdad's mouth upon seeing Miles Morales was, "Don't try to tell me that that is supposed to be Spider-Man."
...I don't think he enjoyed it. (Truly not surprised.) Mom seemed to have fun, though.
This viewing just affirmed my feelings that this movie rules. (Still don't care about all the other stuff, though.)
I love this movie. Kinji Fukasaku's film-making is just so frantic and kinetic. The violence is astoundingly brutal and ruthless. The performances are studied and subdued, yet over-the-top and highly melodramatic when they need to be. The story is such a fantastic, high-speed tale of yakuza crosses and double-crosses... And through it all sits Bunta Sugawara; just being King Badass.
I'm so glad I've decided to revisit this series. I think I'm setting myself up for a yakuza kick, and may re-watch some Seijun Suzuki stuff I haven't seen in a while, also.