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Old 08-20-2009, 06:26 AM   #82
David Orange
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Re: Steven Seagal seems like a jerk teacher. A bit at least...

Robert David wrote: View Post
I'm sorry, my man, but have you ever seen Lone Wolf and Cub before? They are, quite possibly, the most needlessly gory samurai (chanbara) films in existence. Literally every person who dies does so in one of the most horrific ways possible, and it's not for realism's sake.
And this is what Seagal based his whole approach on. He prostituted that and took out what meaning there was in it. Now it's just the gore. No moral basis at all....or a very flimsy moral basis that's unironically twisted.

Robert David wrote: View Post
That being said, I'm able take these films for what they are: entertainment. I love 'em. But if there was ever a person who was, by your meter, bastardizing martial arts (koryu bujutsu) for money, then you need look no further than Wakayama Tomisabro, Shintaro Katsu, and the Japanese film culture.
I wish we could look no lower than that, too. But when that stuff goes into the meets movies like Marked for Death...etc.


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