Well I was planning to watch Kagemusha this weeked and get w review up on ir. However as one thing led to another, I was only able to start it, but watched three other moves instead:
As always I'll do a quick non spoiler summary with rating (no stars stinkorama, 5 stars excellent), then a more detailed account with a LJ cut.
Kagemusha - The Shadow Warrior (1980
) : (Rating not yet available)
Its been about 25 years since this movie was released and I was fortunate enough to catch it at a local art house theatre when it was released here in the States. It is a film by Akira Kurosawa known for many Japanese and American movies ("Tora, Tora, Tora". Rashamon, High and Low, Hidden Fortress, Ran, Seven Samurai, Dreams, Yojimbo) PLUS his stories or screenplays have served as the basis for several Western remakes (Fist Full of Dollars, Seven Samurai, Last Man Standing), and George Lucas even credits the first Star Wars as his tribute/remake of Hidden Fortress.
Since it was just released on DVD 4/5 I haven't seen the move in over 20 years. And to this day, it is one of the most memorable films that brought me beyond watching flicks into world cinema (ooh sounds professional, yes!)
Again I have only watched the first 40 minutes of this 179 minute epic, but his masterful touch and simplicity is still apparent.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004
) : 3.75 stars( KF Hustle spoiler reviewCollapse )
I think Shaoilin Soccer may have been a better "family" movie, but this had more stuff that adults would pickup.
American Astronaut (2001
) : 3 stars
This is a low budget independent film that was made with the help of the Sundance Academy (Robert Redfords school of movie making), and has won several awards and nominations. What is it about?( The American Astronaut spoiler reviewCollapse )
If for no reason but to watch the entire bar sequence this movie is worth the rental!!!!!
) : 1.5 stars
OK I don't normally watch or rent these movies. I do have a friend who likes the genre and will drop them on me with little or no warning (Seven, OldBoy, etc.). But we both agreed this wasn't what we thought it would be.... well at least as much as we thought it would be.( Saw spoiler reviewCollapse )
Now I can tell the person who recommended this movie, that "The Game" (he compared this too) is a suspense thriller, this is a thriller horror and there is a big difference. I'll tell him to rent Cube and see how to do this better.