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on 29 February 2012
When I was in Japan in November the second Kaiji film was due to open in the cinemas and the cast were appearing on all of the variety shows which pepper Japanese schedules, even creating scary games for them to take part in against a team of 'talento'... or people who are famous for being famous.
Anyway, they also showed this on one Friday and I was hooked. I missed the first part up to where he arrives on the ship so I was a bit confused, but I stuck with it. My Japanese is pretty weak but I grasped the basics... but some of it transcends dialogue and you just get sucked in.
I bought the PAL DVD and watched it last night, and it's even better now I know the start and the subtitles help with some of the more subtle elements... although sometimes the subs tend to say something other than the spoken dialogue.
So is it a good film. No... it's an excellent movie. It's gripping, exciting, frightening and all together a 130 minute thrill ride. The acting is note-perfect (or should that be Death Note perfect as some of the cast were in that, lol... watches tumbleweed roll past in the silence) and the music is worth buying if it's available on CD.
Now I await the second film with anticipation.
Jan... ken... pon!