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Killing (2018)

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Set during the tumultuous mid-19th century Edo period of Japan, Killing is the story of a masterless samurai or ronin named Ikematsu Sosuke. As the prevalent peace and tranquility are sure ... See full summary »

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Shin'ya Tsukamoto

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Shin'ya Tsukamoto (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Sawamura
Yû Aoi ... Yu
Sôsuke Ikematsu Sôsuke Ikematsu ... Mokunoshin
Kohji Katoh ... Masterless Samurai
Tatsuya Nakamura Tatsuya Nakamura ... Genda
Ryûsei Maeda Ryûsei Maeda
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Set during the tumultuous mid-19th century Edo period of Japan, Killing is the story of a masterless samurai or ronin named Ikematsu Sosuke. As the prevalent peace and tranquility are sure to be replaced by war and conflict across the land the swordsman feels restlessness creep upon him. Written by aghaemi

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Country:

Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

24 November 2018 (Japan) See more »

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Untitled Samurai Movie See more »

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Kaijyu Theater See more »
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The film was part of the line-up at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival's 2019 edition in Toronto, Canada in June 2019. See more »

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Hesitating to Kill
2 October 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Mokunoshin lives more in his imagination than reality. He is a young samurai in feudal Japan who has not fought, much less killed anyone. Mokunoshin is helping villagers harvest rice, nursing a crush on Yu and sparring with her brother, when opportunity knocks. An experienced warrior is forming a fighting unit to raid the capital and tries to recruit Mokunoshin, who is doubtful he can leave Yu. Caught between his calling and his heart, Mokunoshin hesitates. The first kill is hardest, but doubt may prove tougher still.

Killing is a minimalist film that takes advantage of the beauty of natural light and simple sets and dialogue. It is a good antidote to all the CGI that seems to dominate film these days. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities to appreciate the primal pulse of drumbeats and rainfall, and splendor of fire, shining steel, drifting clouds and the mist filled and mysterious cedar forests of Japan. Even so, it is hard to tell what is going on in the action scenes when the camera moves so much. The film was shot in three weeks in the north of Japan according to the director who was at this 2018 Toronto International Film Festival screening.


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