Labyrinth of Cinema


Drama / History / Romance / Sci-Fi / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 294

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April 30, 2021 at 05:08 AM


Tadanobu Asano as Lt. Sako
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1.61 GB
Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 59 min
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2.98 GB
Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 59 min
P/S counting...

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gorimlongbeard 4 / 10

Strong anti war message in a 3 hour cut up movie

The plot: A japanese cinema opens one last night and shows japanese war movies all night. Various villagers come and watch. A girl (Noriko) doesn't know about war and wants to find out by going directly into the films. 3 men (a yakuza wannabe/monk, a film critic, and the girls lover) follow her to rescue her from various dangers, the girl being present in different incarnations within the movies. The four encounter various battles of japanese history starting from the 1860s with the fall of the samurai and ending with the bombing of Hiroshima, making friends and enemies on their way.

The movie: First I have to say despite this being Nobuhiko Ôbayashis last movie it was my first from him. I was told about his experimental roots beforehand and knew the anti war & movie topic. Still, this movie has a very special style. Instead of using actual old japanese war movies they get kind of rebuild. The first ones in 4:3 and b/w with intertitles before we head to talkies. Generally Ôbayashis choice in most of the scenes is to have two layers in it: the background & the characters, by choice badly cut in. You get 3 hours of very fast paced dialoge, singing, a lot of cuts & repetitions, panels with poems, semi-documental scenes, overlays with facts/information in japanese, overlays of circles, etc.

Storywise, although its meandering style, it all concludes fine in the end & has a strong as well as important message. But still a very hard one to sit through.

Reviewed by net_orders 2 / 10

Tries Hard To Accomplish Little.

Disappointing (and way-too-long) anti-war satire that attempts to be overly clever and, as a result, becomes pretty boring after about 10 minutes (film lasts 179 minutes). Goes back and forth between characters as audience members (watching a movie within a movie) and those same characters on screen (being in a movie within a movie) and tosses in time travel and pseudo-history for confusing good measure. Highly repetitive; stopped watching after about 60 minutes - up to then, was hoping it would get better (it doesn't). Although the movie fails to engage the viewer for long, at least the music is great (sounds like a full orchestra). Viewed at JICC J-Film event. WILLIAM FLANIGAN

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