At first i didn't like it, then i didn't care for it, then i gave it another chance, and now i love it. Some might argue Miike contradicts himself with his critique of cinematic violence by going over the top with it, but i think that's exactly the point. There's also a bunch of fantastic sequences, so even if you don't quite like the concept, it's hard to hate a movie with vampires, samurais, yakuzas among others.
Close to the most violent and most bizarre film I have ever seen only to come from the mind of Miike, an endless series of violence that leads to a heap trip worth watching for "the" serious international cult film buff but also Miike at his best.
A sort of fantasia on Japan's obsession with graphic violence and samurai culture; the film tries to critique how the image of violence is manipulated in the service of cynical interests, not least those of the entertainment industry. To me, it's a mess, not least because it wallows in the violence it seems to condemn. But the biggest compliment I can pay is that perhaps only a Syberberg could have got away with it.
2 erections out of five? that how hustler rates porn. no joke.
A better if less pretty version of Highlander.
this film is actually deeper than wat most of the miike films seems to delineate. I had quite a bit of respect for this piece.
I laugh when people say the phrases "this is pretentious," "what a convoluted piece." Read the description, watch the trailer and watch it if the movie interests you. Why are you looking down here?
This is THE CRAZIEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN! It's like a madman's insanity projectile vomited onto a screen.
Probably the worst movie he ever made...
By far and wide, Takashi Miike's most convoluted and pretentious piece that I have seen so far. Not his worst, but not far from it either.