Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gojoe Spirit War Chronicle|
Actors: Masatoshi Nagase, Daisuke Ryű, Tadanobu Asano, Jun Kunimura
Director: Sogo Ishii
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Anime & Manga, Animation
Benkei, a master fighter and killer, vows never to take another life after his conversion to Buddhism. His faith in pacifism, however, is shaken and ultimately broken when members of a warrior clan are being mysteriously b... more »
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Rafael Mayoral-Parracia | 09/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i dont understand what there isnt to get about the film or what not to like. the cinamatography is awesome, the storie plot is one of the better, more original ive seen in a while, i dont understand what the problem other people see with its special effects; the blood flow was great and realistic, not computer generated like in the new zatoichi film. i only had one qualm with the film and everything else really makes up for it; some scenes are grainy like they missed something in the editing process, but its nothing i hold against the film greatly. i rented it from blockbuster and have been thinking about buying just so i could add it to my collection. p.s. it's true people with ADD shouldn't be critics"
Suffering from ADD does NOT qualify one as a 'film critic'!
Shadowfax | Melbourne, OZ | 07/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gojoe is an amazing action/adventure which still manages to deliver beautiful scenic panoramas, rich and chilling atmospheric suspense and deep multi-dimensional characters to anyone with the attention-span and patience to slowdown long enough to focus and allow themselves to become engaged by a film which has a life below the surface. All ye pond-skimming nay-sayers, I do hereby challenge to go back and force yourselves to sit through two or three of Kurosawa's best films - if you don't know titles, get off your asses and do a little work for your education - try not to be put off by a 'black&white film' and then give Gojoe a proper viewing. If you can't appreciate a film of quality, just because 'waaahhh, it's not as frenetically paced as Grand Theft Auto 7 or has a lower body-count than FACE-OFF' then kindly keep your troglodytic opinions to yourselves and/or possibly find a less demanding hobby than 'actual film appreciation'!"
Gian Andrea | 03/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just watched the movie and thought it is not bad. A little difficult to understand maybe without 40 minutes of scenes which were cut. The guy who wrote that this is not a metaphorical movie is a little clueless. And if you are looking for a "sword flick" don't buy this movie at all. The point of this movie is not fighting. Rather, what is the meaning of being a demon or a man. The main character, Benkei, is indeed a "demon" who tries to redeem himself from violence and becomes a man, but is drawn back to his demonic nature by the prince Shanao, who becomes a demon driven by revenge. The two characters are each one face of the same thing, and mutual destruction is the only possible end to their confrontation. Watch it if you are prepared to give some thought to it but don't expect an action flick or you will be disappointed. And think about that, people who kill and commit cruelty in wars for example, are they humans? Or rather demons in nature?"
The New Anime Critic | 02/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this movie after watching it for the first time today. If the price were not so high, I would buy it (I'm running low).
The story was entrancing, fight scenes amazing, and whatever special effects used were good.
Other reviewers said they didn't like things such as the seashell throwing, and the blood spraying, but what did they expect? The main character was a budhist monk, and in feudal Japan, monks didn't drive their cars to the local shrine to pray everyday. Many monks in feudal Japan probably did similar things.
As to the blood spraying, what good samurai movie doesn't have a little spraying blood. Sure it's a bit graphic, but you see that in many samurai/ninja movies.
And finally, I would like to say that the antagonist and protaganist were both demons. It even explained toward the end of the movie why the protaganist (please excuse me if I've switched my terms) was a demon.
One thing I did not like about this movie was that a few things were left un-explained. Nothing majoryly important, a few things I suspect were put there for you to think and wonder about.
All in all, I think this is a great movie as I said in the title of this review."