Absolutely beautiful movie. Love those somersaulting ghost ladies!
SWORD OF DOOM, where have you been all my life?
On my watchlist for a while is the answer, I guess. I love Kihachi Okamoto’s quirky dark comedies like OH, BOMB! and AGE OF ASSASSINS. A while back I saw KILL!, another chambara film of his and thought “yeah, this is pretty good,” so while I intended to see this eventually I wasn’t exactly jumping out of my seat.
Tatsuya Nakadai plays Ryunosuke (later renamed Yoshida) a swordsman who is…
Centered around a couple, broke and troubled, finding separate employment & lodging outside a red-light district. A really fascinating film, excellently directed by Yuzo Kawashima, with a touch of noir thanks to the moody lighting, bongo and saxophone-filled soundtrack, and general discontentment hanging over the characters. Placing the story right next to a literal gate that represents going too far and essentially giving up on the fight to live an honest life, but also the temptation to do it anyway because…