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I liked following the main charecter, a man who has essentially done nothing morally "wrong" but is still punishing himself not for what he did as much as for what he couldn't do. They contrast the charecter nicely with the more up-front insanity of his cell mate and the cold indifference of the scientists and government officials running the experiment.
By the time the end of the movie comes about, all bets are off, and you're just in it for the fun of watching two powerful creatures duke it out. The film is extremely well shot with an interesting look. The directors cut features a solidly different visual experiance than the theatrical cut (also offered)and is a real treat to watch.
The Japanese sensibility in filmaking is vastly different than the American idea, so there is a period of adjustment before you can get into any Japanese film. IF you can master this shift theough, you are in for a real treat with this film
The film is way too long. There are flashbacks to make the rape/murder more complex. The control room drama was bizarre and added needlessly to the length of the film, whose plot wasn't that overpowering considering the manner in which it was presented. Interesting concept made boring.
1 f-bomb in English subscripts. No sex or nudity.
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The film has action and violence, (very japanese style), but the story goes from good to weird, i really expected more, yet is good for japanese movies fansPublished on December 30, 2009 by Raul P. Martinez Millet
** 2002. Written and directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. Based on a comic book. Tenshu Yashiro, after having been condemned to the electric chair, is given a second chance to live. Read morePublished on July 6, 2008 by Daniel S.
Some movies can be compared to other movies but this stands alone. This runs along the lines of a pure thriller, a poke into the human mind, "how much can you take? Read morePublished on August 7, 2005 by Sherman Robert
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