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Shigenori Takechi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 August 2004 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
An executed samurai takes an existential journey throughout time, space and eternity in search of bloody vengeance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Art at its bloodiest See more (61 total) »

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Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
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Shigenori Takechi  screenplay

Produced by
Taizô Fukumaki .... producer: KSS/Kei Esu Esu
Fujio Matsushima .... producer: Excellent Film/Ekuserento Firumu
Kazuyoshi Okuyama .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
 
Cinematography by
Nobuyuki Fukazawa 
 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura 
 

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Japan:128 min | Argentina:128 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Art at its bloodiest, 1 May 2005
Author: sarastro7

This is Izo:

Izo is about a character who represents the unacceptable in society. The good and the bad parts simultaneously: He is the progressive spirit that rains righteous wrath upon the corruption in religion, government and the world of finance, freeing man from oppressive rulers. And he is the barbarism of which the human animal is capable when running unchecked and uncontrolled; unrestrained. He represents these aspects of the human spirit up through history, and must finally end his existence when man has attained the purity to cast off oppression for good and eradicate his own barbaric tendencies through moral discipline and self-control. Izo is humanity's anger, righteous and frustrated; resolute and indignant, leading us towards utopia while cutting a swath through the sadly ignorant masses that would oppose him.

Izo is a movie loaded with symbolism, and every drop of blood is artistically justified. Even so, it is nowhere near as clear as it could have been, and the entertainment value is merely so-so. Generally a cool movie, not overly pleasant, but certainly a radical artistic statement of solid integrity.

My rating: 8 out of 10.

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