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Ratings & Reviews

  1. 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.

  2. Django's rating of the film Taboo

    Is this an exploration of wakashu or a cautionary tale against obsession eclipsing duty or that a lovely exterior does not guarantee a lovely interior? It beats the heck outta me but this is an often mesmerizing tale, well acted, beautifully filmed, and worth seeing.

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film Taboo

    13 ans après "Max, mon amour", Oshima surprend avec ce film en costumes qui flirte parfois avec l'académisme, mais n'en porte pas moins la griffe d'un grand maître...

  4. Pierre.F's rating of the film Taboo

    Association de codes policiers et dramatiques, le résultat est vraiment pas mal. La musique de Ryuichi Sakamoto qui revient comme un leitmotiv est très hypnotique et représente bien tout le film.

  5. Michael Zyx MH 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.

  6. BUSTER TIERNEY's rating of the film Taboo

    La musique, le rythme, la voix-off, les cadrages et mouvements de caméra... donnent une tonalité envoûtante, bien au-delà des effets de style "typiquement" japonais. Oshima glisse lentement vers l'allégorie... (on croirait voir un documentaire sur les rapports entre Momoko et Ringo...)

  7. cineholic's rating of the film Taboo

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  10. Luca Soldati's rating of the film Taboo

    L'amore fra i samurai (figure virili in Giappone) viene mostrato con un'ottica poetica e sensibile. In quel tempo certi orientamenti sono ritenuti inaccettabili, anche se tollerati. I rapporti fra i personaggi, ispirati e ben caratterizzati, sono ben delineati e la sfuggevolezza della verità dà un bel tono all'opera. Regia e fotografia ottime, con dei combattimenti eccellenti e un ritmo perfetto. Finale bellissimo

  11. Andrew Miller's rating of the film Taboo

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

  12. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film Taboo

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  16. Algitya's rating of the film Taboo

    Trust. Betrayal . Lovebirds

  17. 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.

  18. chanandre's rating of the film Taboo

    [Cinémathèque PT #585: 35 mm] (2007)

  19. 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.

  20. katiemuffett's rating of the film Taboo

    started my whole passion for Japanese cinema - impeccable cast