Set during Japan’s Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai named Sozaburo Kano. The school’s stern master can choose to intervene, or to let Kano decide his own path… —IMDb
Nagisa Oshima’s career extends from the initiation of the “Nuberu bagu” (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in Kyoto, Oshima rose rapidly in the Shochiku company from the status of apprentice in 1954 to that of director. By 1960, he had grown disillusioned with the traditional studio production policies and broke away from Shochiku to form his own independent production company, Sozosha, in 1965. With other Japanese New Wave filmmakers like Masahiro Shinoda, Shohei Imamura and Yoshishige Yoshida, Oshima reacted against the humanistic style and subject matter of directors like Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi and Akira Kurosawa, as well as against established left-wing political movements. Oshima has been primarily concerned with depicting the contradictions and tensions of postwar Japanese society. His… read more
A creakily constructed narrative that wanders away from its central concern for a curiously extended stretch of story, Taboo is nevertheless a beautifully dark enchantment. The relationship between the film's surface tale -- the sexual melodrama provoked by the arrival of an homme fatale figure at a Samurai militia camp -- and the underlying narrative of Edo Japan's collapse is inconclusive but suggestive.
Gohatto(Taboo) is a very different take on the Samurai film. This film is a who's who of Japanese Cinemas greatest actors.The arrival of a feminine student to the ways of the Samurai. The arrival sparks jealousy and intrigue. This film is a wonder to behold as if a painting comes to life. This is a very new take on a genre film and it delivers ten fold.
The samurai’s strict (but soon-to-be extinct) code of honor comes in direct conflict with the messy tenets of love, which have complexities that are unique among men. In startling contrast to the… read review