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Instrueret af Nagisa Ôshima
Japan, Frankrig, 1999
Drama, LGBT+, Historie


Set during Japan’s Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting…

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Taboo Instrueret af Nagisa Ôshima
Oshima is unsparing in his depiction of the militia’s bloody exploits (Kano’s first assignment is a beheading, shown in horrific detail) and in his revelation of Kano’s motive for joining up—the desire to kill with impunity. His restrained, elegant images capture life on the edge of death; the warriors’ sparring and training, their rigid discipline and furious bloodlust, come off as the ultimate aphrodisiacs.
February 15, 2017
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It’s a tantalizing film, deliberately unclear in its meaning, but a hypnotic experience nonetheless.
January 30, 2009
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The samurai film is a venerable Japanese genre, and Oshima obeys its codes only to inject this unfamiliar element into its bloodstream – to blow up the tradition from within its gates… Kitano might as well be acting with a mask on: he gives almost nothing away, until his banked emotions flare up in a sudden, startling release in the final scene. The mood of the film fits its meaning: the tone is stately, restrained, but the presence of Kano charges each scene with tension.
April 22, 2004
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  • Andrew Miller's rating of the film Taboo

    Auspicious close to a unique career. I watched it twice in one sitting.

  • Gohatto's rating of the film Taboo

    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.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Taboo

    Not a lot of directors get to go out on a masterpiece. This one deals with a delicate situation of masculinity, sexuality and codes of honor. A new samurai creates conflict which ultimately leads to deception and intrigue.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Taboo

    On a bewitching Ryuichi SAKAMOTO music score, the ambiguous codes & bonds of samurai among themselves : honor, training, but also desire and sex. Hieratic and sensuous. ===== Sur une musique envoûtante de Riuychi SAKAMOTO, les codes & rapports ambigus des samouraïs entre eux : l'honneur, l'entraînement, mais aussi le désir et le sexe. Hiératique et troublant.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Taboo

    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.

  • Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film Taboo

    Seductive. Sensous. Sombre. What an incredible final film from Oshima. A spiritual sequel to Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, teasing out it's themes into something more overwhelmingly beautiful and elegiac (elements of In The Realm Of The Senses and the tone of Huston's The Dead). Unearths hidden tensions/passions in the samurai film, culminating in fierce emotional release in an unforgettable final shot. Perfection.

  • Ryan's rating of the film Taboo

    Edo-era Japan doesn't end with the bangs of the black ships, but with the sweet whimpers of sexually duplicitous samurai turning their aggression against themselves. but unlike the samurai class whose ideals had to settle for an eternally unfulfilled climax (pun intended), nagisa oshima's swan song brings his storied filmmaking to an operatic finish - right down to that masterful final shot.

  • Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film Taboo

    2-3. It's a feature-length hit piece on samurai, as well as a contemplation on shudo. Otherwise, it's a bit of an aimless illustration of the fatal attraction to a pure(ly evil) young samurai; an attraction that hollows and embarrasses the samurai's rigid social hierarchy. There are a number of moments here that aren't properly earned; but it's partly a matter of taste, given Oshima's distain for determinism.

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