First Review For Kurosawa's Retribution!

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It's not often that we point to off-site reviews these days but when the film in question is the latest from Kiyoshi Kurosawa, not to mention a film that I programmed myself for the fast-approaching Toronto After Dark Film Festival, I'll make an exception. Yes, I'm shilling to promote my own work, so sue me ...

Anyway, the review comes from Derek Elley in Variety, here's a sampling of quotes:

"After the lame "Loft," Japanese psycho-maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa bounces back with "Retribution," a modern-day ghost story/serial-killer mystery that blends the helmer's typical ingredients of guilt, suggestion and waking madness ..."

"Throughout, there's a sense of the spirit-world pressing against the real world, like a face against a window pane, demanding retribution for a past wrong."

"The hang-dog Yakusho makes an ideal protagonist"

"a clever box of tricks that keeps turning the tables on the viewer"

"it's classily made, with the lucid colors and chiaroscuro lighting of d.p. Akiko Ashizawa keeping the sense of gentle dread bubbling away."
Retribution receives it's Canadian premiere October 21st as part of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. We're screening each film in our program only once and this film will be going straight to video in North America so if you want to see it on the big screen as it was intended to be seen, then move quickly to get your tickets.

Check the full review here. (includes spoilers)
Check clips here (YouTube)

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phoneybOctober 15, 2006 8:57 AM

I'm so glad you picked this director for the festival. Kurosawa is one of the most unique filmmakers I have ever encountered. I'll admit that I have yet to watch one of his movies and completely understand what is going on with the plot, but that is exactly why I'm fascinated by his work. Every film he makes is endowed with such a complete sense of cerebral insanity that it sticks with me long after I've watched it. I may not get why the events of Kurosawa's story plays out the way the do, but he is the only director I know who can entertain and confuse me on the same level. I only wish the people who remade Kairo understood this. Sure they gave the film a plot you could follow, but why bother remaking the film at all if you are going to ignore the gut wrenching flourishes that made it amazing in the first place. Oh yeah, you do it for the money. Kurosawa does not do it for the money, and thank god for that. I haven't seen Loft, but if it represents the Kiyoshi I know, I'm sure it's brilliant. I really regret the fact that I don't live in Toronto right now.

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