This story of homosocial/erotic bonds between captors and POWs seems unique to the war and LGBT+ film genres. The story's melancholic beauty is enhanced throughout by the 10/10 score by Ryuichi Sakamoto who also stars. The camp feels very real and lived in. Bowie gives a great nuanced performance that avoids campy novelty. Takeshi Kitano from Battle Royale is surprisingly heartwarming. It's a bit long but still good.
At least 3.5, I think. I wasn't one hundred percent on board with the soundtrack, but the long takes really emphasized an intimacy with the action happening onscreen. And I thought the humanistic content from Laurens actually balanced Oshima's incendiary attitude really well. It seemed pretty even-keeled though slightly skewed in favor of the British. And the character actions matter, thankfully.
I had an album called 1996 ,I preferred to listen merry christmas mr . lawrence ,sheltering sky without the need for other albums, bc I was fell in love with melodies.I ve forgot bertolucci's sheltering sky and I must rewatch again. but its song and final scene are in my mind. sakamoto is an artist who makes movies more special and unforgettable.Half of the film is music or sound.this film's half part is sakamoto.
I can't believe it took me so long before I watched this great film. Ôshima as often in his films, explores the violence of human desires, its codes and love, this time between a Japanese officer and his British prisoner. The film is also 'duel' between two great international pop icons: David Bowie, magnetic and otherworldly, and Ryuichi Sakamoto who also composed the haunting score. Superb and...haunting
Stay with what you know; David Bowie beared this in mind. The rest of the cast (especially the non-Japanese actors) was not doing much better. Bad script, terrible dialogues, very slow development & almost no thrilling, no exciting element. Everything is very much predictable, unconvincing & overall heavily boring. "Furyo" is about clash of cultures, individuality vs community, but couldn't make it.
3,5. I've read Oshima didn't really direct the British cast, he just asked them to do "stuff you British do". I think this shows somewhat; something is a bit off, some power & motivation is lacking from the movie. I can't really put my finger on it, there was nothing wrong with the acting per se and I find the central moral problems (duty, homosexualism, honor in different cultures etc.) truly interesting.
A film exploring the violent tensions and madness of a prisoner of war camp and the power of individual actions. I wonder if Hara's denouement might be interpreted as more than forgiveness for the individual, whether it might symbolically stand for broader Japanese crimes? I know which interpretation I prefer.