Death Shadow

1986 [JAPANESE]

Action

3
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 188

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720p.WEB
1.04 GB
1280*700
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 56 min
P/S 1 / 1

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Reviewed by paul_haakonsen 5 / 10

A movie just like the rest of the movies set in feudal Japan...

I was given the chance to sit down to watch the 1986 Japanese movie "Death Shadows" (aka "Jittemai") in 2021. And I hadn't even heard about the movie prior to now as I sat down to watch it. So I didn't know what I was in for, nor did I have any expectations to the movie. So in a sense, you might say that writers Motomu Furuta and Hideo Gosha had every chance to impress me.

And while "Death Shadows" definitely was a watchable movie, it just failed to present itself as an outstanding movie. I doubt that this is a movie that I will ever pick up and watch again. The storyline was just a bit too generic and mundane here.

For a movie set in this particular period of feudal Japan, then "Death Shadows" just felt like a dime a dozen movie; you know, a movie just like every other movie set in the same era. Good news is that if you enjoy those type of movies, then you will definitely enjoy "Death Shadows", but if you don't then this 1986 movie offers nothing grand.

The movie is filmed nicely enough, though the props and sets were a bit on the cheaper end of the scale. And as for the fight scenes, well, let's just say that you can definitely tell that they are staged and choreographed.

"Death Shadows" was not a movie that bedazzled me in any way. And my rating of director Hideo Gosha's 1986 movie lands on a mediocre five out of ten stars.

Reviewed by ChungMo 7 / 10

Highly stylized and campy excursion into the samurai underworld

Director Gosha creates a strange world of the criminal underground during samurai times. Partially filmed on obvious sets with very gaudy lighting, this film bears a resemblance to some Shaw Brother films from Hong Kong. The acting is frequently very theatrical and it all points to an intentional effort to be over the top.

The film starts with three criminals sentenced to death but only seemingly executed. They are given the chance to become the shogun's "Shadow Police" or actually get executed. Of course they join the force and immediately have their vocal chords cut so they can't tell anyone who they work for. Well that's an interesting set-up, but suddenly the film jumps forward twenty years and we see the three men in the middle of a raid on an underworld boss' lair to find out who has a forged merchant license. The men are about to execute the boss when a woman jumps out to defend the boss with a ribbon weapon! One of the men recognizes her to be his daughter! The boss gets away and the man lets his daughter escape too. The daughter is caught by the boss as a traitor and this leads to a confrontation where all the shadow police and the boss get killed. The daughter, O'cho, like her father is mock executed and then recruited into the Shadow Police. She is instructed to complete her father's mission, find the forged license. This forces her to deal with the dead boss' crazed, criminal girlfriend, O'ren. Now the movie really gets going.

It's hard to describe a film that frequently stops for little solo dance numbers by the two lead actresses. Not on the regular sets but against theatrical fog lit by disco lights! The woman playing O'ren is really wild and has a nutty laugh. She often looks off camera and smiles at nobody. Another actor who plays Boss Hell, the local constable, is absolutely off the wall. He likes to lick the evidence and keep it in his mouth among other eccentric behaviors. He would easily fit in a modern Miike film.

The art direction is very good. The sets were not made to be realistic and that's fine. The music track is eccentric. The actors all do a good job. The fights are very good at times although it's not clear why swordsmen would be so fearful of a ribbon.

Fun and enjoyable, the nearly two hour length is almost too much. Not the best from Gosha but certainly a good effort.

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