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Sabu (2002)

When a young man is sent to a prison workhouse for a crime he did not commit his friend on the outside must find evidence to clear his name.

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Takashi Miike

Writers:

Yô Takeyama (screenplay) (as Hiroshi Takeyama), Shûgorô Yamamoto (novel)
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Credited cast:
Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Eiji
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Sabu
Tomoko Tabata Tomoko Tabata ... Nobuko
Kazue Fukiishi Kazue Fukiishi ... Osue
Kenji Sawada Kenji Sawada ... Okayasu
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Matsuda
Tatsuo Yamada Tatsuo Yamada ... Ryojiro Kojima
Yoshiki Arizono Yoshiki Arizono ... Yohei
Keisuke Horibe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken'ichi Endô ... Giichi
Mayuko Nishiyama Mayuko Nishiyama ... Osono
Ren Osugi ... Heizo (as Ren Ôsugi)
Hiroshi Tamaki ... Kinta
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Toku
Yujiro Taniyama Yujiro Taniyama
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A tale set in the Tokugawa Era. Framed for a crime he did not commit, Eiji is subjected to the harsh realities of the Ishikawa Island workhouse. Sabu, Eiji's longtime friend, must discover who is responsible for Eiji's incarceration, before the prison life consumes him completely. Written by blaza

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jidai geki | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Other People Don't Matter

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 May 2002 (Japan) See more »

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Brings Attention to Miike's Underrated Skills
18 September 2005 | by zillion29See all my reviews

This is a really instructive example of the directorial skills that Takishi Miike exhibits in most of his films. His abilities are often lost on many viewers because they're too infatuated with cowheads, necrophilia, and bazookas. A coherent, dramatically-charged jidaigeki like this might challenge the patience and attention spans of some Miike-devotees. There are long stretches of this film that feature two characters facing one another and speaking. Being more plot-driven than action-driven, I can see how some might be bored to death, but it's this more cerebral pacing that highlights the kind of mastery that Miike is capable of. This movie should go a long way towards silencing critics who accuse him of being too dependant on yakuza mayhem and the usual clichés (bestiality, scat, necrophilia, homosexual rape, mutilation, etc.) That being said, this is a competent period film that stands on it's own. It is only slightly apparent to the viewer that it was made for television - it really has all the trappings of a regular film (casting & sets). All of the actors nail their performances and the "making of" featurette included on the R1 DVD shows the care and commitment that went into producing it.


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