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Aug 25, 2014A friend referred this movie to me. I guess I should be cautious in the future when taking advice from her, because frankly, this movie was weird. And not in the good way.
The movie starts with a scene that makes no sense whatsoever, bordering to bad, ironic humor, and there are several moments in the whole film that seem totally off.
There are a lot of characters, but very few of them stand out (the sheriff is definitely the comical relief in the whole movie, and kept it at least somewhat bearable with occasional laughs).
A lot of stories exist within the big plot, but most of them fail miserably. They are almost off-handedly represented, as if they are not all that important even if they are, leaving a lot for guessing, and then there are a whole lot of things that might be meaningful, but you can't really tell because it's an awful mess.
The timing of some scenes is difficult to place because they appear randomly, and that really doesn't make the entire film any more pleasant to watch.
I don't know if it was the Eastern flavor, because some elements in the movie were definitely from there. But I've seen Japanese movies better constructed than this, so that cannot be blamed.
Lots of pretty faces (especially Masanobu Ando as Yoichi!), but that alone doesn't carry the movie very far ? especially when their characters just don't find their place in the movie like they should.… Expand
Basic joke wears off after five minutes, and many bystanders will start to head out of town. But genre/Asian buffs prepared to ride shotgun for two hours will be rewarded with some classy action sequences and densely accoutred widescreen lensing.