The Raid

The action on display is wonderful. If the fights involved any wire-related trickery, I certainly couldn’t spot it, and I have no idea how the participants didn’t break every bone in their bodies. The average martial arts movie is usually all in good fun – in true Looney Tunes fashion we see very little blood. The Raid, however, is about as gory as a horror flick.
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The Lost Bladesman

I have to be completely honest here. I understood nothing in this film. Nothing at all. I was completely adrift in an ocean of “what the hell’s going on?” with no narrative buoy on which to cling, and I’m not entirely sure why. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the opening title card.
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I appreciate that Goemon’s all about the heroic slaughter and not really about the romance, but it would have been nice to be given some indication as to why the young Chacha Asai is so worthy of our titular hero’s attention, aside from the fact that she’s perfectly symmetrical and says very little.
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