Jeong Yoon is a caring wife and mother and a sensitive woman who finds herself plunged into a legal ordeal thousands of miles from home. After years of planning, she and her husband Jong ... See full summary »
In 1868, after the fall of the Shogun-dominated Japan, the new government orders people from Awaji, near Kobe, to re-locate to the northern part of Hokkaido. These people once supported the... See full summary »
Yurusarezaru mono, the Japanese remake of the 1992 film Unforgiven confidently stands on its own and in my opinion, is superior to the original.
The stand-out of this film is easily Ken Watanabe's performance. This is Watanabe's finest work yet. Fearless, layered, and heartbreaking, he embodies a dark and complex character perfectly. It is impossible to not be completely engrossed in this character and his story.
The other stand-out would be the cinematography, this film is unbelievably beautifully shot. It completely transports you to that era. The script is also impeccable from start to finish.
The various themes of this film are very profound and are delved in deep, being supported by great characters and a great story. Themes such as the endless cycle of violence, corruption in the society are explored. The central theme surrounds Watanabe's character Jubei, a man haunted by sins of his past, unable to forgive himself and now fearing the impending future, as he is lured out by his old partner to help a group of wronged prostitutes seek revenge.
This film is very violent, but the special thing is that it takes violence very seriously. Violence is so well handled and has a great impact on the progression of the story and the film's themes. Each scene of violence actually means something and isn't quickly played out. The first half of the film builds and builds to a magnificent second half that progresses non-stop and concludes with a dark and edgy third act.
Sang-il Lee's direction, Tarô Iwashiro's music and the supporting cast are honourable mentions.
I really do hope this film gets released in American and other parts of the world, thankfully it was picked up by UK distributors!
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