The film is inspired by Miyamoto Musashi who was one of the most famous Japanese ronin and warrior philosophers. This very alternate and visual interpretation of the fate of Miyamoto is ...
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The film is inspired by Miyamoto Musashi who was one of the most famous Japanese ronin and warrior philosophers. This very alternate and visual interpretation of the fate of Miyamoto is brought into a mixture of contemporary Yakuza underworld and a hypnotic Samurai after-life. We flow seamlessly between through life, death, rebirth and the afterlife and challenge our traditional definition of the past, present and future. The film explores the agonizing and painful processes that go through the shattered mind of Miyamoto, as he desperately tries to hold on to the only thing he has left - The rapidly fading memories of his undying love for a woman named, Otsu. A love that for a Yakuza-Samurai is strictly forbidden and which will prove to have catastrophic consequences.Written by
The images in this movie are exceptionally beautiful. Especially the naked body sequences of the bathing couple are deeply touching. The textures of the protagonists' bodies and also the image composition makes you think you are admiring very atmospheric paintings. I had an impression I was watching an introduction to an independent computer game.
Because essentially that's what Dark Samurai is - a prolonged screen-saver. For the first 30 minutes of the movie (and that's all I could stand) there is hardly any plot, only eye-candies.
Considering the variety of today's music the soundtrack could be a bit more adventurous not to say experimental, because it doesn't really match the artism and beauty of the images. As for the dialogues, the only line in the first 30 minutes of Dark Samurai is the main protagonist whispering the name of his loved one, which, after some time, becomes tiresome, and judging by bursts of sarcastic laughter across the audience during the screening, it is not only my opinion.
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