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Sympathy for the Underdog

Posted by martinteller on January 30, 2009

I’m in that mode where I’ve got so many movies to watch that I don’t want to watch any of them.  Instead I’ve been wasting my time doing a lot of useless crap (like playing Bejeweled, of all things, for hours on end).  But I finally set aside some time for a DVD.  It’s another Fukasaku yakuza flick, with editing and movement as brassy and bold as its jazzy soundtrack (which is excellent, almost Morricone-like).  It’s an exciting, dynamic picture.  The thing is that I really don’t get off on yakuza movies.  The plots and characters are all very same-y to me, and I never care about the characters.  Yes, there’s “sympathy for the underdog”, but only because he’s the center of the movie and the odds are against him.  I didn’t much give a shit about him as a person, nor any of the other guys.  But for a yakuza movie, it’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve seen.  Rating: 8


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