Cure (1997) / Foreboding (2017)

After having seen Foreboding at the BerlinFF, a natural consequence was to watch the Cure.

The Cure is hypnotic, raw and thrilling, a 20 year old movie that still has it (full disclosure it was my first viewing ). The last scene is something most of the modern movies (still) lack.

Foreboding has a similar touch, but somehow it’s different than the Cure. The darkness the suspense, and the mystery can be felt in both of them, they just make you wanna watch them till the very end.

2 well crafted films worth watching.

Mr. Kurosawa , I salute you.



Harakiri in HD

Masaki Kobayashi’s Seppuku is a masterpiece – no doubt about it. So is there a reason to remake/retell it? You can also call Takashi Miike’s movie a contemporary adaptation of  Yasushiko Takiguchi’s novel, if you don’t want to call it a remake. But I cannot resist to consider Miike’s movie a remake. The urge to campare these 2 movies is irresistible too, so here we go with  our little comparison.

So what else besides HD format, colour and a 3D option has the “new seppuku” to offer? The story of Motome and his family is much longer  in the Miike movie, which makes the whole plot a bit static, at least not as dynamic as the storyline in the Kobayashi movie. The wooden-sword-harakiri-scene is longer, much violent and louder in the “new movie” but I cannot confirm that it is better than the original. The wordplay, dialogs, dialogs played by actors are much more dynamic in the “old movie” you feel sliced and diced by words and sentences of almost every scene that Tatsuya Nakadai plays in. Miike’s film on the other side has much calmer dialogs, the “slice and dice feeling” won’t come until you see Motome opening himself with his toothpick sword – and after that the feeling will be gone in a while. The final battle looks good in Takashi’s movie -we ‘ve got the snow, the surround sound… …but somehow there was not so much tension as in the 1962 movie.
The 1962 movie gave me the thrills while watchin’, the new one unfortunately not (maybe because I’ve  watched it in 2D ;p ).

13 pushers?

Co raz bradziej lubę kino Refn’a. Takshi Miike kosi jak zwykle, chociaż trochę mało drastyczny ten film.