Fantastic movie that deals with the inevitable fate of the yakuza gangsters and the boredom of crime while also flipping to a genuine prankster hangout movie in the idyllic beach house setting. Flipping to a business setting of hits that seem so mundane and boring to a hang out movie that is borne out of said boredom is just such a awesome structure, a fantastic vibes film for half of it that just ends in completely and utter depression; living…
Great fantasy epic that is so brazingly straightforward in the first half, with almost every character saying "yes" to whatever challenge awaits them, to shifting to more political measures in the second half. It's honestly just really cool all around, a ballsy structural move to have a first half book ended by fantastic looking visuals and set pieces (the animatronic dragon is just king shit) followed by fantastic visuals of everyone wearing dope clothing arguing over Siegfried being a foreigner to the city of "Worms". Just...really great fantasy stuff and structural stuff all around, Lang really knew how to make his epics!
Movies are kind of afraid to outright say that a call for violence is necessary for a revolution, only to hugely hint at it, to make it within a plot device for a story central to only a few characters. This movie just says outright that violence is necessary for change, that in able to enact systemic change that we need to kill capitalism and the police, the systems that control, which is such a stance to just, present without…
Dennis Rodman changing different hair colours every scene, JCVD disguising himself in a cross between Basquait and the lead singer of the cure, dodging bullets by doing cartwheels and front flips, spin kicking two people tripping over coke cans, training lifting bathtubs, investigating democratic speeches, monks running computer servers and then the finale. The finale includes:
- Mickey Rourke oiled up
- A baby in the middle surrounded by crosses posing as mines
- A tiger chasing the leads
ALL in the roman coliseum. You could say that Tsui Hark is a visionary.