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Buta to gunkan (Hogs and Warships)

Posted by martinteller on August 2, 2008

I still haven’t checked out Imamura’s most renowned films, Black Rain or The Ballad of Narayama, but this one is quite good.  Part critique of American influence in Japan, and part wild yakuza film.  It’s got kind of a B-movie vibe to it, lots of action and humor, but compelling drama as well.  I think the message is handled too bluntly (and the business with the hogs somewhat confusing), but the craftsmanship makes up for it.  There’s some phenomenal camerawork, especially in the use of tracking shots and overhead shots.  I’ve never seen guys get trampled by a pig stampede before.  Rating: 8


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