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STARRING: Tatsuya Fujiwara Eiji Satoshi Tsumabuki Sabu Tomoko Tabata Onabu Kazue Fukiishi - Osue
Directed by Takashi Miike
THE MAKING OF SABU
2 TAKASHI MIIKE INTERVIEWS
INTERVIEW WITH MALE LEADS TATSUYA FUJIWARA & SATOSHI TSUMABUKI
INTERVIEW WITH FEMALE LEADS TOMOKO TABATA & KAZUE FUKIISHI
ORIGINAL MOVIE TRAILER
ORIGINAL TV TRAILER
Top Customer Reviews
To say this movie surprised me would be an understatement. I guess it shouldn't have, being a made-for-TV film and all, but for me, the name Takashi Miike brings to mind the tongue hitting the floor in Audition, the claymation lava swallowing everyone in The Happiness of the Katakuris, or the fountains of blood showering from the doorway in Ichi the Killer. Tokugawa-era costume drama with not a hint of Miike's excess? Say it ain't so, Jack.
Well, it's so. And even more surprisingly, Miike pulls it off with his usual flair.
Based on a novel by Shugoro Yamamoto (as yet, unfortunately, not translated into English; I'm getting to the point where I'm desperate to learn Japanese simply so I can read novels on which Takashi Miike movies are based), Sabu is the story of two friends, Eiji and Sabu, who grow up together. While both have somewhat rowdy childhoods, as they grow up and enter into their professional lives as paper-hangers, Sabu becomes the studious, staid "good kid," while Eiji retains his high-spiritedness. Eiji is fired from his apprenticeship, and a few days later disappears without a trace; Sabu, though forbidden to do so, must track him down. (There's much more to it than this; I'm covering about the first half-hour of the two-hour film in the synopsis. But from there, everything turns on minor spoilers.)
Miike has always been a director who, even when working in the normally-mindless action-flick genre, has been a master at creating characters with real depth. Here, with a more character-based story, he shows his full range of ability. Sabu, Eiji, and many of the minor characters in the film are exceptionally well-drawn.Read more ›
I admit I'm a bit fond of Tatsuya Fuijwara and his work so I was watching it at first for seeing him but then I found myself watching for everyone else. Everyone played their roles perfectly! I highly enjoyed the movie (but again Tatsuya Fujiwara. I enjoy watching all the different roles he plays) so I recommend if you got a few hours and want to watch a great movie, get this and enjoy!
Also this movie is a sound departure from a Japanese-exported tradition of samurai fighting, murdering and vassal unrests mixed with less or more explicit sex (In the Realm of the Senses, Memoirs of a Geisha (Single Disc Version)) even the most similar genre movies such as Taboo, Yaji and Kita - The Midnight Pilgrims present, a reviewer felt himself already walking the streets of this village and sea shores depicted, and inside scenery of Japanese prison added valuably to his existing acquaintance with a topic.
It is better one time to see than dozen times to read a comment on.