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on June 26, 2005
I enjoyed the documentary and thought that it was very well-directed. The shooting of the documentary was very nice, and the scenes done where people dressed up as samurai or feudal peasants was done pretty well, not the usual hookey costumes done in the cheaper or older films. They included many beautiful pictures of Japan and included much of the ancient artwork. My only criticism for the film was that it appeared to be too western world biased. Throughout the film, it is done with the usual western self-centeredness that we are often criticized for. It was good to hear the westerners' point of view at the time, but I think that there should have been more input from what the feudal Japanese thought. It made it appear that Japan had little to do with its own shaping, but was rather molded by the western world. Also, at the end of the documentary,it made it sound that Commodore Perry forcing his way into Japan was the best thing that ever happened to them. Perhaps a little bit too opinionated for someone as opinionated like myself. Despite my lengthy criticism, it was an interesting documentary; however, the Tokugawa era is an easy subject to make interesting. I recommend watching this film, but I would keep an open mind to not follow all biases and decide for yourself.
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