A Takashi Miike film that slightly wanders from his trademark theme of brutal crazy violence and goes for a more composed neo-noir approach. This is like a Takeshi Kitano film that melds elements of Le Samourai and Leon The Professional. There are violent moments but there are a lot more tender moments mixed in. The main character Yuuji is a failed Yakuza member stranded in Taiwan. He’s rather lost until one day a woman brings him a surprise and he…
The 6 out of 10 rating is more on me really as this isn't the type of genre film I enjoy. Plus the performances aren't exactly great (apart from Tom Waits and Gary Oldman). Keanu Reeves was a woeful casting choice.
That said the set design, costumes and cinematography are stunning (I watched the 4k disc which is a terrific transfer and also has the best audio i think I've ever heard on a home system). Coppola apparently made a film faithful to the source material. So I'm good with that. Just not my thing.
Yes, it's good. Perhaps even very good. The dialogue is great - jet black comedy piercing through the beautiful rugged coastline of Ireland. The acting is on point. There is alot going on in this film. So many themes like male pride, loneliness, grief, the backdrop of war, relationships, letting go of friends, and even a hint towards current social landscapes.
But to be honest, it didn't quite elevate to the film I expected it to be, given all the hype around it. It's a solid 7.5/10 film. I just thought it faded away a tiny bit towards the end. Great writing though.
Yes, it's embarrassing that I have never seen this film before, but now I have, I can see what all the dozens of cheap knock offs and rip offs that have come since, were trying to emulate and never succeeded.
For the budget and the time, it really is a terrific and terrifying film. A trailblazer.