Friday, March 28, 2008

Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu (Masaki Kobayashi, 1967) aka Samurai Rebellion

Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi, 1967)
Rating: 10

After recently watching 5 of Kobayashi's films he's quickly become one of my favorite directors. Formally he is a master of his craft. The editing, pacing, compositions, and lighting in all of his films are virtually flawless and I think he has an amazing knack for the use of dolly shots and cinematic rhythm. Samurai Rebellion is another humanistic story of a man standing up for authority and choosing to live his own life after 20 years of worrying about his social stature rather than living freely. The slow buildup is meticulously crafted and works perfectly for a thrilling finale.

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