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KILL !

2 Ratings: 4.0
Japanese Classic Samurai film by Kihachi Okamoto
2 reviews about KILL !
review by . December 27, 2011
You'll never look at Sergio Leone -- or samurai flicks -- the same way again
Take a piece of Akira Kurosawa, blend in a big portion of Sergio Leone, then add a little of Mel Brooks on Xanax. You'll have an idea of one of the oddest and most amusing examples of chanbara satire. The "sword-fighting movies" from Japan nearly collapsed under the weight of cliches, just as American "gun-fighting" westerns nearly bit the dust in the U.S.      Kihachi Okamoto piles on the cliches in Kill!, a tale taken from the same source material as …
review by . April 16, 2009
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Inspired by Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" and "Sanjuro", director Kihachi Okamoto's (Sword of Doom) "KILL!" (aka. Kiru, 1968) is a pitch-black comedy with an atmosphere and tone that has a lot in common with Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai (Hara-Kiri) and is another serving of the jidai geki genre that blends dark comedy, amazing swordplay, interesting characters and an involving storyline. In the province of Joshu, 1833, two men arrive in a dusty windblown town looking …
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