Saturday, 15 August 2009

Vengeance Is Mine

This doesn't really conform to the rest on my list, for starters it's directed by a very accomplished and esteemed director (dead now) called Shōhei Imamura who was once a winner of the Palme d'Or, so it isn't going to be some mindless slasher. It's based on a book which was based on a real 80-day killing spree and manhunt. From a film perspective it's very interesting, especially the mish-mash of techniques and styles. Some of the murders are shown in brutal fashion while others we don't see at at all. It's pretty bleak, what it does offer makes little sense in the grand scheme of things. There seems to be no motivation behind the killings while all of his victims appear to be entirely innocent. The scene in the Prison at the end stinks of Albert Camus' novel The Outsider, so there's some Existentialism themes going on throughout that I can't be bothered to understand or think too much about. While the way Enokizu's actions are told is also very film-noir. There's a lot of story going on away from the main character that sets up the very final scene, which is a very surreal one at that. There's also some handheld camera stuff going on. Lots of stuff to think about.

Ultimately I didn't enjoy it that much, it moves at a fairly slow pace, not a problem but as a murder thriller so to speak it didn't hook me.

And Salo on it's way. I have seen it on a poor quality bootleg once before but I don't know whether it was the uncut version or not but even that was sick. The only version available out now is the uncut one as far as I know. Woop Woop what a corker.