Rating: 6 stars
Seen 2 times
Seen on: 09/13/2020, 05/11/2018
A tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
Length 126 minutes
Koji Yakusho | Naoto Takenaka | Takashi Sasano | Hikari Mitsushima | Hirofumi Arai | Munetaka Aoki | Eita | Ayumu Saitô | Kazuki Namioka | Ebizo Ichikawa | Takehiro Hira | Baijaku Nakamura | Ippei Takahashi | Yoshihisa Amano | Gorō Daimon
Finally getting to this… I don’t regret viewing the original film first but this remake is disappointing. Has most of the same beats but lacks the raw nerve vengeance and intensity of the original film. It’s like Miike had the same storyboard and did a paint by the numbers.
Ebizo Ishikawa just doesn’t have the same presence as Tatsuya Nakadai. If I hadn’t seen the original film this movie may have been more effective but knowing the story and how it plays it I couldn’t not compare as I was watching. Still competently made and well acted but the one thing I was expecting was that Miike touch and twist that would separate the films. It was lacking and honestly if I didn’t know Miike was the director, I would not have guessed this was his work.
One of my least favorite Miike films.