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Big Bang Love, Juvenile A
Big Bang Love Juvenile A
Actors: Renji Ishibashi, Ryo Ishibashi, Masanobu Ando, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo
Director: Takashi Miike
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
2008     1hr 25min

Inside a juvenile detention center, two young prisoners from vastly different backgrounds experience a bond that transcends their tormented past. As they open their hearts to each other, life around them dissolves between...  more »


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Actors: Renji Ishibashi, Ryo Ishibashi, Masanobu Ando, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo
Director: Takashi Miike
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/08/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Maria P. (Cookielu1999) from NEWPORT BEACH, CA
Reviewed on 2/20/2008...
A visually stunning art film. If you appreciate dance then you will enjoy the athletic solo dance near the beginning. The cast, the lighting, the color - all beautiful. IMHO this is a love it or hate it film.
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An Unknown Future
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 12/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Big Bang Love Juvenile A"

An Unknown Future

Amos Lassen

Two detectives following the case of a boy who confessed to the murder of another boy in a juvenile detention center is what "Big Bang Love Juvenile A" is about. There is a great deal of homosexual tension and violence here and we get some incredible visuals in this Japanese film. Directed by Takeshi Miike, an amazing auteur, here is a shocking and beautiful spectacle which explores the nature of existence. The world of the film is the fantasy world of young criminals with rites of initiation, fights for supremacy and violent actions. The movie is alive with sensuousness and intellectualism.
From the very first scene of three generations of men--a young father, an old man and a boy, you are pulled into the film. The father dances suggestively and primitively. It is the kind of dance that brings the internal to the fore. From the dance, we go to a prison at a dubious location. It is nowhere--nowhere that is everywhere. It is where past and future meet, where religion confronts science and where hope and despair converge and collide and where life is hell.
Our two main characters, Ariyoshi and Kazuki are studies in radical contrast. Ariyoshi comes across as weak and passive, somewhat fragile and in prison for murder. He wants badly to be loved but feels that this will never happen in light of what he has done. When he murdered a man, he did away with his own innocence. Kazuki seems to be tough and exerts aggressive behavior. He acts before thinking but we see he is filled with pain and fear.
Miike shows the ambiguity of morality during acts of violence. He exposes violence for what it really is--personal endeavor. It is something that cannot be explained or understood and only the person committing the act is able to understand it. We see a world where men live under hypocritical laws which received their structure from a very twisted version of religious ethics.
The prison has the atmosphere of a Buddhist temple. At every corner are light, shadow, heat and flesh. In itself, this is an enigmatic film and hard to understand all of it but the story holds attention. It is a contemplative view of homoerotic love and violence.
I feel that Miike tries to convey Buddhist reflections about life. The prison, representing the false appearances of the world is contrasted with the symbols of the rocket and the pyramid we see which represent escape from this world.
This movie has a great deal going for it--a powerful story, great motives, beautiful and brilliant colors, extremely talented actors and stylistic ideas. As the movie unfolds, we follow the relationship of the two characters and we grow to understand them and Miike's vision. The realism is brutal and beautiful. While many viewers may get lost, I can only say that if they stick it out until the end of the film, they will be greatly rewarded.
Jelly Bread
Daitokuji31 | Black Glass | 02/02/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Before delving into this review I must admit that I am not really a fan of Miike Takashi's films. I have watched Audition, Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q, and The Happiness of the Katakuris, among others, but for the most part the filmic world of Miike's films have left me a bit cold. I have definitely had my "oh my god" and "holy crap" moments will watching the films, but as a whole I have found them to be empty experiences that go little beyond gore, excessive violence, and absurd situations. (Maybe I should try other films by him?) Anyway, the main reason why I watched Big Bang Love, Juvenile A yesterday was because of its short duration, but I watched it again today because the diaphanous, evasive plot seemed to be hiding something more...

After a bizarre opening sequence, or two, two detectives introduce the fact that a murder has taken place. An inmate named Kazuki Shiro has been murdered by another named Ariyoshi Jun. However, some facts just do not add up and the detectives investigate the murder. Ariyoshi Jun, Matsuda Ryuhei, was put into prison after he murdered the man who raped him. Although it was in self defense, the grisly manner in which Ariyoshi mutilated the body repeatedly throughout the night made the self defense aspect a bit suspect. Kazuki Shiro, a young hoodlum with an amazing tattoo on his back, punched another man to death and has a long record of violence. However, the two strike up a tender relationship with many homoerotic undertones, so when the effeminate Ariyoshi murders the stronger Kazuki by strangling it is a bit puzzling.

The above plot summary does little justice to the bizarreness that is pervasive throughout the entirety of the film. Set in a bizarre future setting within a prison flanked by a huge rocket ship on one side and a Mayan pyramid on the other, the film actually has a timelessness aspect to it. Cut off from the outside world, time ceases to flow, and guilt of crimes fester until they almost reach bursting point. It is this festering that makes the film interesting, beyond the evasive storyline, strange setting, etc.; it is festering guilt that makes this film stand out a bit from others in Miike's body of work. Tom Mes of states that "This is a Takashi Miike Film. It will make you wonder, curse, marvel, tremble, scratch your head, grow bored, and awaken rudely. Celebrate it."
While I might not quite be "celebrating" the film, it has jabbed a serrated sliver of thought into my brain and it is one that seems like it will be there for quite awhile."
A first for me
Derrick Jenkins | Hampton VA USA | 03/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i've honestly not heard of Takashi Miike, i saw some of the trailers on this that really interested me by him as well. But for Big Bang Love i havent had a movie of this nature really affect me the way this one did. Incorporating violence and so many other aspects and putting it in such a small, enclosed area prison with all kinds of people. Its only natural that all sorts of violence would erupt from this. Something else also comes from it though a love however strange it maybe what ties this two men together. But there bond for each grows throughout the movie and while not long running at 86 minutes.

There is more than enough time for anyone to become attached and even other prisoners arent closed minded about the things that happen. Some see it as a way of getting in better with key officials by "doing" whatever is necessary to make the bleak and dark conditions just a little bit better. In the Big Bang Love grabbed me because it felt real to me and that the people involved were putting their all and every ounce of energy into to making something that get that attention and interest of many. I highly recommend this movie."