This movie reminded me this quote from Apocalypse Now - and it is an excellent point!
Quickly labelled as an action movie - and despite really nicely made scenes, this is absolutely not an action movie.
SABU twists genre movie and manages to create an art piece that can relate to other Japanese feats, like some of Kitano's movies.
The start as genre movie and the violence inherent of that world and of the first 20 minutes is not free violence but necessary to act as a counterpart of the main part of the movie: the meeting of that lone wolf with humans, with solidarity and how it changes him, how he is actually enjoying such a life.
Of course we can feel a lot of influences, in the choregraphy of action scenes - worthy of asian action movies, in the burlesque comedy (Kikurijo), in the relationship between a child and a killer (Léon).
But SABU really proposes a movie on his own, mixing tragic, harsh realities with beautiful moments and does not forget to show hope and good in the heart of men.
A great piece, go for it!
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