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Izo (2004)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Fantasy | 28 May 2005 (USA)
An executed samurai takes an existential journey throughout time, space and eternity in search of bloody vengeance.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Shigenori Takechi (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Kazuya Nakayama Kazuya Nakayama ... Okada Izo
Kaori Momoi
Ryûhei Matsuda ... (as Ryuuhei Matsuda)
Ryôsuke Miki Ryôsuke Miki
Yûya Uchida Yûya Uchida
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada
Hiroki Matsukata Hiroki Matsukata
Hiroshi Katsuno Hiroshi Katsuno
Masato Masato
Bob Sapp
Takeshi Kitano ... (as 'Bîto' Takeshi)
Daijirô Harada Daijirô Harada
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taisaku Akino
Chisato Amate Chisato Amate
Takeshi Caesar Takeshi Caesar
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We begin in 1865, when the Shogunate is on its last legs, but still capable of punishing its enemies. One is Izo (Kazuya Nakayama), an assassin in the service of Hanpeida (Ryosuke Miki), a Tosa lord and Imperial supporter. After killing dozens of the Shogun's men, Izo is captured and crucified. Instead of being extinguished, his rage propels him through the space-time continuum to present-day Tokyo, where he finds himself one with the city's homeless. Here Izo transforms himself into a new, improved killing machine, his entire soul still enraged by his treatment in his past life. His response to the powers-that-be, whose predecessors put him to death, is the sword. Written by nightwatch

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Country:

Japan

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Release Date:

28 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Izo: The World Can Never Be Changed See more »

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Good concept stretched to the limits of endurance
31 October 2004 | by ania_helenkaSee all my reviews

Wasted potential. Or rather, all the ingredients for a great experimental film were there but sadly the director got carried away and overdid it. Looking past the blood & gore I found the film Jungian really - an exploration of the id and ego, chaos and order - you name it. But this could have been achieved with 50 minutes less footage. As things are the film bogs down and becomes repetitive. Tedious in the end. The shock value wears thin, there's little more to say and the singing - after an hour or so I've come to dread the sound of the guitar - it ceased to be punctuation of the piece and became a right pain inflicted on the audience.

All in all, by all means see it, think about it - but only once the DVD comes out - you want to be able to fast forward through about 30%.


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