Ringing in Their Ears (Gekijouban Shinsei Kamattechan rokkunroru wa nariyamanai,劇場版 神聖かまってちゃん ロックンロールは鳴り止まない)
Scabbard Samurai (Sayazamurai,さや侍)

Death of a Samurai (Ichimei,Hara-kiri)

Director : Takashi Miike
Subject : the novel Ibun roninki of Takibuchi Yasuhiko
Screenplay : Yamagishi Kikumi
Cinematography : Nobuyasu Kita
Music : Ryuichi Sakamoto
・Ebizo Ichikawa
・Yakusho Kōji
・Mitsushima Hikari
・Ichikawa Shinosuke
Running Time: 126 min
Release Date: May 2011
[Official Site]
64th Cannes Film Festival.
Link: Sito ufficiale – Maggie Lee (The Hollywood Reporter) – Raffaele Meale (Cineclandestino.it)
Score ★★★★☆ 4/5
Two samurai film in a few months. After J ū sannin no shikaku (13 Assassins), the remake of the film Kudo Eichi of 1963 , Takashi Miike returns on images and stories of a classic of the genre directed by Kobayashi Masaki ( Seppuku Harakiri ) always in ’63. Ichimei it is a film that, as often happens in the Japanese film director, manages to bring together innumerable signs, sometimes opposing, sometimes comparable. The end of modernity and the extreme of the tradition, where modernity is to be understood everything that is implicit in a look stuck in the present, to the point that the 3D is used as if it had always been, excluding exceptional items, but extraordinary itself because it puts the film in the condition to observe more, to transform the perception of time in the moment in which it is acted on the representation of space. Depth, then, that you see and you hear, while the scenes of a theatrical mise you open and close, creating an illusion “illusory”. Theatricality of the film for a director who knows more and make sense of the details. In this story of strange sold Miike becomes the epic in politics, the drama in opera, the story in the mirror fragmented and misleading, while the codes are undermined and show the live blood of their mechanisms. Hanshiro, reduced samurai in poverty asks permission to commit suicide at the residence of the Ii clan, commanded by Kageyu. In an effort to discourage Hanshiro, Kageyu tells the tragic story of Motome that shortly before had advanced the same application. History repeats itself, of course, but is intended to short-circuit. Such is the excess of irony of an author who also hides the lightness and subtracts the eye, save, then, riproporcela in a form that we could call graphic. Here is the ancient symbol of the samurai film that becomes gesture, paradoxically less and less physical, and proceeds as the flight of a feather. Too light / too heavy to draw a line, a trajectory, but able to fly without having to be stood. Similarly the Miike narrative takes the form of an “infinite” story, which could go on without finding no end. Here the technique become intimate in a story that turns on itself, collects the elements of the genre and gradually decodes them (like the sword not metal bamboo) and breaks them (like the fight scenes, aerial stylized choreography of sounds and pain). In the multiple narratives, temporal levels, visuals of this film, you look for the right distance between the eye and the object, between past and present, between the human race and its reinterpretation, because therein lies the knot in the tangle of feelings throughout history and cinema, in having to choose between the need and desire.
[Katsuyuki Nakanishi]

Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's ”Shibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida’s ”Himeanile”(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida’s ”ThreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando’s ”Moon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto’s ”Killing” (2018).

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