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Old 12-11-2000, 06:35 AM   #11
Location: RI
Join Date: Sep 2000
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Cheesy? Oh. I beg to differ! I find that the choreography is marvelous, and the transition where he is passing through the lantern lit room that throws shadows across his face is graphically beautiful. The photography in that last ten minutes is evocative to me of some of the beat paintings and prints of samurai combat. As for Rambo, I would say that he definitely learned carnage at the knee of the Japanese samurai films and still has a great deal to learn. The ending is definitely not a western style one, insofar as unlike Stallone, Shwartzenegger, Mel Gibson or other gunplay heroes, there is not a sort of tying up all of the loose ends. But hey, that's one reason why I enjoy a number of Japanese films. I find Sword of Doom has a far more unsettling quality than many American movies.

Krzysztof M. Mathews
" For I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me" -Rudyard Kipling
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