Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Aragami The Raging God of Battle|
Actors: Masaya Kato, Takao ‘sawa, Kanae Uotani
Director: RyŻhei Kitamura
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Anime & Manga, Animation
Fleeing from enemies, two wounded samurai arrive at a mysterious old temple in a remote location in the mountains. Unable to walk any further, they collapse from exhaustion. One awakens to find himself miraculously healed.... more »
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Jay R. Chase | Houston, Texas | 10/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first thing to remember about this movie is that it was the other half of the "movie duel" with 2LDK. The movie was shot in about a week on half the budget it should have had. The script was tight and the acting was superb. The movie had tension, humor, drama and plenty of action. The actor who portrayed Aragami was a mixture of Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, and little bit of Brad Pitt. Very cool dude. You could tell he was comfortable in the role. And the ending...WOW!
This movie will stay in my collection. A definite must-see!!!"
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Woopak | Where Dark Asian Knights Dwell | 07/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a fan of Ryuhei Kitamura, I loved AZUMI, VERSUS, THE MESSENGER and even ALIVE.
First of all, let me give you a history of ARAGAMI THE RAGING GOD OF BATTLE(aka: Aragami:duel). This film was shot as a challenge/wager with the director of 2LDK, the rules being: shoot and finish the film in 7 days, 2-3 actors, one room and 1 character has to die. I heard Kitamura actually wrote this while he was shooting Azumi.
The story is about 2 wounded samurai who fled to a remote temple fleeing from unseen enemies. They are greeted by a mysterious woman before losing consciousness. One samurai dies while the other samurai(TAKAO OSAWA, SKY HIGH) wakes healed from all wounds. He is greeted and fed by the lord of the temple(MASAYA KATO, Fighter in the wind). Afterwards, he is told that he is in fact a Tengu, or an Aragami who rules that mountain and feeds on human flesh for sustenance. the so-called lord of the temple has been waiting for a worthy opponent to kill him in single combat because he has lived too long.
SPOILER ALERT: It is said that if you are fed human liver and depending on who cooks it, like the mysterious, nameless woman,(kanae Uotani, who is beautiful, THE MESSENGER, SKY HIGH)a human being may become almost immortal. Also, it was never proven, but the lord of the temple also stated that he is famous throughout the land with the name of MIYAMOTO MUSASHI(the greatest swordsman in Japanese history)There is also a great cameo appearance by the character(TAK SAKAGUCHI) in versus, if you look closely, even the katana sword in Versus was used by one of the combatants. I guess Kitamura intended this as well as make use of Props from his other films.
The film is well-done. No conversation is wasted, and it is well-acted. There is a lot of great chemistry among the actors, hence, for a 79 minute film, it is never boring, and the sword fight at the end is among the best I've seen. Forget Anakin vs. Kenobi, this can be the fight of the year. [...]
I would advise watching it in original Japanese dialogue, it maintains the effect and excitement as it was intended to be.
I highly recommend ARAGAMI if you are a samurai/adventure fan, or if you specially like Kitamura's films. I bought it w/out renting it, and I was glad I did!! Like Masaya Kato says: "Things aren't always what it seems" . People expected a weak brainless film for a movie shot in 7 days, but this film is better than most of the films made in a year.
Enjoy!!Aragami wins over 2LDK in my opinion.
Now if only Hollywood directors will do a challenge movie made in 7 days..."
Kitamura meshes Sergio Leone style and Japanes sensabilities
Jacob T. Keeton | Canton, OH United States | 05/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't want to sound biased but you would be too if, without fail, you love every movie this director makes. There is a moment, in Aragami, where the one character confesses to be the said Aragami, a murderous and unstoppable god of battle, the scene plays out for what must have been almost a whole minute with complete silence and then the two characters bust out laughing. I was dying through the whole thing, it was truly joyful to watch a scene play out without a quick cut or shakey documentory style camera angle because in America we would have ruined. We would have ruined because some suit would be sitting in the editing room going "You can't just have them sit there and not talk! They have to say something!!!" No they don't have to say anything. The Japanese are doing great things with movies and styles that have been developed here in the US, Italy, and England. More and more we're seeing movies like: VERSUS, ALIVE, AZUMI, THE RETURNER, and ARAGAMI; that explore the form of cinema with the freedom of style that they are allowed. Aragami is not perfect but that is part of it's appeal. It's very short(1hour 16min) but it feels like a much longer movie (not a boring movie just longer, El Mariachi feels long too and it's fantastic) than it is. Most Japanese movies ARE hit and miss with me, I don't love them all mind you, but it's getting to a point where I feel like director Kitamura can do no wrong. Every movie he makes is exciting, cool, and yet intelligent in that he explores new directions everytime.
Not a Fanboy, just fair."
A tormented sword
Brian P. Webb | philadelphia,PA USA | 07/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I hold heartly enjoyed this film the dark setting and dramatic exchange between the characters helped to build up to one great sword fight scene. The warrior demon and his quest to meet another warrior on his skill level only to find redemption through death to free his tormented soul but not at sacificing his great swordmanship to those he challenged. A great anticipation film with a great ending."