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This isn't a martial arts film nor is it a samurai movie. It is however very good, just don't lumber it with your preconceptions
on 25 March 2017
Some people criticise the film because Forest Whitaker isn’t Wesley Snipes, some sword swinging uber fit martial arts type flashing his six pack, hopping Wushu style from building to building leaving a trail of decapitated foot soldier cannon fodder in his wake. Sorry guys that’s the point he’s a lost street punk who has read a book on Bushido and become somewhat fixated on it and uses it to give himself purpose. He isn’t a trained sword master ! His skills with a Katana come from watching movies and reading books, he uses a gun because that IS the area of his expertise. Even then with his own idiosyncratic interpretation of his chosen text he has acquired a sense of self and a degree of dignity that his chosen bunch of ageing and more than a bit dim mafia Oyabuns don’t and probably never had. He gives them his loyalty, they don’t reciprocate and the car crash begins.
I really like this film, it’s one of those that stands multiple viewings, but in my opinion it’s not perfect so 4 stars.