Samurai Spy

Samurai Spy ★★★★

Shinoda says in his introductory essay of Double Suicide: "The idea that truth can be approached through deformation and abstraction is essential to all forms of contemporary art". The truth which Shinoda explores in Samurai Spy is simply the lack thereof -- that the world is entrenched in uncertainty, and that violence and disorder erupt from that inability to know. Shinoda mirrors this formally: disorienting cuts; obstructive objects in the frame; tense one-shots that imply a payoff but never reach a boiling point; figures laced with shadow, identity uncertain; and rapid, blurred edits and images all pervade the film. Now, just top it off with a showdown mantled in an impermeable mist.