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Gojoe

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  • Actors: Tadanobu Asano, Masatoshi Nagase
  • Directors: Sogo Ishii
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: One Movie
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00423B1AE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,173 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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giappone xii secolo: kyoto e' sotto il controllo militare del clan heiki, vittorioso, dopo accesi conflitti, sull'opposta fazione genji. numerosi sono i morti e ad essi si aggiungono i cadaveri decapitati di coloro i quali abbiano osato attraversare il ponte di gojoe, alle porte della citta'. responsabile dei massacri sembra essere un misterioso e sanguinario demone, vendicatore di oscure onte subite, probabile ultimo erede dell'annientata dinastia genji. i cieli intanto predicono ancora demoniaci presagi: una minaccia terribile, portata dal passaggio di due comete gemelle, sta per abbattersi su kyoto. l'intera regione vive nell'orrore. ma il destino ha gia' indicato la possibile via di salvezza: il monaco benkei, un tempo sanguinario e valoroso guerriero, e' in arrivo da una lontana e desolata regione. riuscira' la sua sacra spada a fendere la nebbia purpurea di gojoe annientando i demoni e gli oscuri presagi? sara' riscattato col sangue il suo demoniaco e maledetto passato, vissuto proprio all'ombra del ponte gojoe?

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An awesome joyride of, perhaps sometimes so frantic as to be a headache, perhaps overblown in the gore and screaming, but nonetheless frenzied, action leaves one staring numbly at the unravelling plot. it seems as if the film will stick to a thin blood and slash theme, in the B movie traditition, and promises to wear thin with climactic battle scenes and superhuman feats of swordplay, but then develops a sophisticated plot which is half metaphor, half adventure, but without any portentousness. the characters are surprisingly engaging for grossly characatured archetypes, perhaps reclaiming the grander tradition of storytelling in some of the classic samurai films of yore. in fact, the use of different camera types (all digital darkroom I'm sure) with at times an authentic filmy, grainy quality, that reminisces hong-kong productions, and at times with shaky hand-held sequences, subtly blended with the most glorious, high resolution, vividly coloured, detail and imagery gives a longitudinal context. likewise, a careful use of special effects which add to the tension and story, but don't come to the fore.

This is all exemplified in the final finale, which is one of those sequences of true breathlessness, and which somehow happens so fast that it is only barely possible to process the revelations which preceded it... but to spill these beans would be to spoil them, so worth a watch, and one to own.
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Gojoe (2000) is a typically vibrant and vivid piece of film-making from Japanese firebrand Sogo Ishii, who remains perhaps one of the most radical and underrated Japanese filmmakers of the last twenty-five years. Ishii began his directing career in the late 1970's when he was still a student at the Nihon University, and his work of that particular period with films like Panic High School (1978), Crazy Thunder Road (1980) and Burst City (1982) reflected an interest in performance art and his involvement in the Tokyo punk scene. Though later films like Angel Dust (1994) and Labyrinth of Dreams (1997) saw a greater sense of maturity and more clearly defined emphasis on character and atmosphere, he remained a consistent and interesting talent with a truly original vision.

Gojoe returns somewhat to the style of Ishii's earlier, bold and energetic work; combing grand spectacle with clearly defined storytelling with roots in actual Japanese folklore. However, the way in which the narrative unfolds is really quite interesting, with the story beginning with a scene of murder and the notion that the killing could have been supernatural as opposed to political; with Ishii's subtle use of cinematography, editing and sound design creating a staggering sense of tension from the very first frame. Added to this, there are definitely shades of Masaki Kobayashi's classic anthology-film Kwaidan (1964) and Kaneto Shindô's masterpiece Onibaba (1964) being developed here, with that great atmosphere of supernatural intrigue, murder, violence and dread being continually juxtaposed against an expressionistic period setting, which seems somewhat nightmarish and vaguely ethereal.
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Plot is interesting, if rather unbelievable. Costumes are fantastic, in fact I concentrated more on the costumes than the action.

The fight scenes are a disappointment, you don't get to see many martial skills - the shaky camera and tendency to close-up focus on peoples faces sees to that.

If you like crazy action flicks like Versus or Kurosawa's films, be warned that this may not be for you.
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This is a somewhat confused and strange tale. However it is quite watchable and entertaining in its own way.Mindless hokum trying to be too philosophical and getting tongue tied in the process.Forget about all the dialogue and just watch!
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I'm still not quite sure about this Japanese offering.The film tells the story of a wandering monk,who was a very nasty piece of work,in his soldiering days.He now seeks enlightenment,and hears about a demon spirit at a place called Gojoe Bridge.The 'demon' is actually a man,although he pocesses powers,and is a highly skilled swordsman.The film leads up to the final confrontation,at Gojoe Bridge.The fight scenes,I though,were very well done,and it's certainly a film,with a high body count.I wasn't too happy with the scene,showing the leading actress' fate in the village massacre.I really wished the film had shown her character had survived.She was totally innocent.Overall though,very enjoyable.
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