C'est brillant. Un magnifique film contre la peine de mort. Le film déjoué tout les questionnements par une articulation intellectuelle très forte. Une mise en scène superbe sur certaine séquence du réel imaginé et de qu'est ce que le réel. Un film très fort sur beaucoup de questionnement sociétal.
Very strong film-statement, mix of punchy filmmaking and philosophy. With 4 walls, a band of all-rounded actors and great staging, Oshima succeeded with what could have been a desaster in someone else's hands. Oshima means : full of anger and intelligence, ready to fight Japan conservatism. I love this idea that the drama works through storytelling instead of a classic flashback. Imagination is much stronger !
Showing the absurdity of an execution with all the elements dear to the japanese new wave; with humor, originality in mise en scène, and a questioning of different social status. Absurd at some point, but beautiful when it came to the realisation of the value of a life.
Oshima's dark absurdist farce that takes on everything from Japanese exceptionalism to existential dread. Relevant social and political questions perversely served up as theatrical burlesque, because that's we've made them. A little scattered, and with some weird unquestioned rape-apologism that thankfully wouldn't fly today. Still, a remarkable and important contribution to cinema.
The punitive & theological casuistry's abstract lungs achieve pleural warmth in Oshima's film like a Galatea roused from the mineral and calcified cold of theory to the mercurial jaggedness of life, and it is striking the degree to which canonical and secular procedures use consciousness as mere expedient and validation stamp: before the condemnation, the soul's expected to internalize the guilt and scouring grief of