After witnessing the brutal murder of his parents, a young boy is raised by a martial arts master who grooms him to be a lethal killer. Some 20 years later, it's time to take revenge on the assassins who destroyed his childhood.
During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends Munezo and Samon as he leaves their clan's fiefdom on the northwest coast of Japan ... See full summary »
In a small town on the countryside, every young boy is forced to have the same bowl-head haircut known as the "Yoshino-gari" hairstyle. Then one day, a drastic change occurs when a transfer student with bleached hair comes from Tokyo.
Journalist Shuichi Fujii receives a letter from convicted killer Junji Sudo. Writing from death row, Sudo wants to confess to crimes unknown to the police. On visiting Sudo in prison, Fujii... See full summary »
I randomly picked this movie on a flight from San Francisco to Tokyo and I had a hard time not bursting into tears at times.
The movie demonstrates how difficult it is to judge the morality of some actions. It uses the case of a well- respected senior police officer who kills is beloved wife who suffers from Alzheimer's.
As always, the reality is much more complex than it appears on the surface and uncovering the truth will start a whirlwind of accusation and prejudices.
It also demonstrates the emotional costs of trying to find that moral truth instead of simply accepting ourselves as unable to do so.
I liked the overall Japanese aesthetics - slowness, silences, use of colors and shapes - that others may have interpreted as plot holes, but that reminded me of other Japanese movies like Woman in the dunes, or Rashômon.
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