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  • Summary: Set in 1865 in a Kyoto samurai fortress, this movie explores the homosexual attraction between young recruits and their superiors.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
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  1. A further, captivating extension of Oshima's marriage of the oblique and the erotic.
  2. 90
    Above all, Oshima has fashioned a tale of men among men that feels familiar at first, then moves boldly into more enigmatic terrain.
  3. Illustrates the underlying fear that when energies that should be directed toward warfare are diverted into passion, unity is impossible.
  4. Impressionistic and open to interpretation, which is a kind way of saying that there's no way to figure out the ending.
  5. The movie's most striking assets are its lyrical visual style, which forms a silky counterpoint to the plot's turbulent emotions, and Beat Takeshi's smooth and expressive performance as a senior warrior.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Walks the line between conviction and camp with a not entirely steady step.
  7. Reviewed by: Jared Rapfogel
    60
    A difficult, ambiguous film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. PaulB.
    Apr 8, 2006
    10
    Gorgeous cinematography and hypnotic sound design. Structurally perfect in its controlled ambiguity. If you liked this film, you should also Gorgeous cinematography and hypnotic sound design. Structurally perfect in its controlled ambiguity. If you liked this film, you should also check out Claire Denis' "Beau Travail." Expand

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