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Wow, there's a LOT to chew on.
Certainly not something that'd blow away casual moviegoers because it's knife is dipped in an ice-cold bucket of ambiguity and sintering sexual tension.
One thing's for sure though. Its far and away the frontrunner for the best cinematography of the year. Whether it's the interplay of lights and shadows, all the brilliant uses of negative space, natural light or just the subtle zooms and pans, it's a beast.
I *need* to rewatch this.
Like a Dickens novel turned into a fluid painting of immortal, endless beauty and pathos. A tale of humankind set adrift in a world shrouded in mist and snow, confused, often shell-shocked, often in love, often in fear of large, ugly machines, searching forever for a hand to point them towards something, somewhere. Anywhere. But never really getting there.
Works as a nifty thematic companion piece to 'Harakiri' (even though the two are really not close to comparable, quality-wise).
Warrior codes are superficial at best. They seem to codify characters and traits into labels of honour, chivalry and disgrace, where these should be any person's own moral quest in their life. To be good, and not to be threatened into goodness. They fail to capture the real essence of honor and human dignity. "Harakiri" is a total evisceration of…