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The Graceful Brute is a brilliantly scripted satire on greed in postwar Japan about a family in which money comes above anything else. This film is extremely well shot making the viewer a kind of peeping tom as the camera bores it's way into the family's apartment through windows and various openings and angles. In addition to this the cast is stellar making this film another underseen masterpiece of Japanese cinema.
As others have written this film marks the end of the Italian western, a genre started by Leone even though I like to think that it really took off when Franco Nero walked into a shithole of a town with a saddle on his shoulder and pulling a coffin through the mud. To me Leone started the fire but Corbucci threw a canister of gasoline into it.
California has it's shortcomings, Miguel Bosé gets a little on my nerves even…
The only good thing about this film is a scene where Tomisaburō Wakayama is sitting in a movie theatre watching a film with Tomisaburō Wakayama and asks:
'Who is that actor' and the guy next to him goes 'That's Tomisaburō Wakayama'.
'Is he a big star?'
'He's not that popular, he's a c-list actor'
'Oh, a must see actor?'