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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. A further, captivating extension of Oshima's marriage of the oblique and the erotic.
  2. It takes a director with exceptional talent, skill and experience to explore ambiguity in all aspects of human nature and behavior, and Oshima has created a film of resilient, downright tensile strength that ends on a satisfyingly ironic note.
  3. 80
    An action film at once baroque and austere, hypnotic and opaque.
  4. Ripe with homoeroticism, but also with what the director — who made the film after recovering from a stroke a few years back — calls "the scent of murder."
  5. Impressionistic and open to interpretation, which is a kind way of saying that there's no way to figure out the ending.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    A well-crafted potboiler from start to finish.
  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