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Killing (2018)

Zan (original title)
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

Writer:

Shin'ya Tsukamoto (screenplay)
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Cast

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

Language:

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 premiered at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in September 2018. See more »

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Deconstruction of the samurai genre
4 November 2019 | by marlogesSee all my reviews

The first word that came to mind after the credits rolled was 'intense'. What started of as a classic samurai tale quickly escalates into something... else, to the point I'd call this a deconstruction of the genre.

The choreography of the fights was great and even though a lot of it was a bit shaky due to the digital camera they've used it always felt engaging to watch and really fast! My eyes barely kept up at some movements.

There area a few scenes I can't quite wrap my head around yet and I guess you could argue some of the acting was a bit over the top but none of that bothered me.

Due to the short length 'Killing' never has any real down time and keeps thrilling throughout, never losing it's momentum.

The ending sequence will definitely stick in my mind for a while...


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