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Weak comedy and confusing storyline but superior samurai action
"Kill!" has been listed as a comedy by many, but I'm really at lost to see why. Not only did I not find it funny, but I didn't see where it was going for humor. Maybe something was lost in translation or the humor was so subtle it flew over my head. I'm not really sure what happened, and I'm a huge fan of both samurai pictures and Spaghetti westerns (the other genre this purports to spoof). Also, the screenplay is a bit too convulsed for its own good - its very difficult to keep track of who's on who's side. Kurosawa's "Sanjuro" is based on the same source material, and is a much more engrossing motion picture.
Fortunately, these minor complaints don't keep it from being a very entertaining and exciting flick. The humor attempts never really become annoying and no one actually watches a chambara for its plot. They watch it for superior samurai action, and "Kill!" more than excels in that area. Kihachi Okamoto is great at staging battle sequences and violence - the film is always captivating when its dishing out the plentiful action sequences. The film is certainly never dull, and if you enjoyed "Yojimbo" or the "Zatoichi" series, you'll definitely find plenty to be amused by here. (7/10)
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