Veteran filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu delivers a surprisingly lyrical yet piercing critique of Japanese society and history in Cycling Chronicles. Wakamatsu has long been driven by a sense of political and social outrage, and a sympathy for those who have been marginalized or suppressed by dominant history and institutions. Inspired by a true story of a teenager who killed his mother and then cycled aimlessly from Tokyo to Aomori, Wakamatsu shows his protagonist (a largely wordless, engaging performance by youngster Emoto) biking through beautiful landscapes but discovering the ugly side of Japanese history as he is propelled towards his own catharsis.
Veteran filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu delivers a surprisingly lyrical yet piercing critique of Japanese society and history in Cycling Chronicles. Wakamatsu has long been driven by a sense of political and social outrage, and a sympathy for those who have been marginalized or suppressed by dominant history and institutions. Inspired by a true story of a teenager who killed his mother and then cycled aimlessly from Tokyo to Aomori, Wakamatsu shows his protagonist (a largely wordless, engaging performance by youngster Emoto) biking through beautiful landscapes but discovering the ugly side of Japanese history as he is propelled towards his own catharsis. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
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Sean P (ca) wrote: Funny movie, I laughed several times. The ending was predictable given that the husband was an ass but enjoyable.
Ercides R (fr) wrote: Fraco, historia sem nenhum sentido, nao ri em nenhum momento. Comedia que nao te faz rir, descarte.
Tracey M (kr) wrote: Apparently I will watch anything with Scott Caan in it...even if it's terrible. And this was terrible. I laughed a few times but that made me feel bad because I really shouldn't have found it amusing. I blame sleep deprivation.
Adam M (fr) wrote: Surprisingly good fun. Same kind of thing as the first Rock version although admittedly not as good. Sorbo is fun, but lacks comedy action guy-ness until the l;ast half an hour or so. The rape secen was a bit dark for this film though and was unexpected.
jm s (gb) wrote: aaaaaaaaaaaa useless storytelling
Belal S (fr) wrote: One of my favourite movies of all time ...
Kyle E (es) wrote: Very funny and entertaining
Allan C (ag) wrote: This weak sequel really makes you appreciate how well made the original film was done. I remember this film being inferior to the first, but I didn't remember it being this bad. Steven Spielberg was a writer and producer on the original film and also an unofficial co-director (some claim he really did direct a majority of the film). He is completely absent from the credits in this sequel and it really shows. The family warmth and little moments that Spielberg does so well (the pet bird funeral, the counting between the thumder and lighting, or the banter with the neighbors) is all absent in this film and what is there feels forced and not at all natural. The sequel has no build up and starts with the supernatural right away. Julian Beck is effectively creepy as the ghostly preacher (borrowing liberally from "Night of the Hunter") chasing after little Carol Ann. JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson are both good again as the family patriarchs. The story is essentially that the family moves in with Williams' mom when the poltergeist activity begins again in a series of set pieces that could have been dropped in any number of horror films, which don't serve to forward the story at all, as they did in the original film. The tequila worm scene always stuck in my mind, but it really seems more like something out of a Troma movie and not a smart haunted house story like the original film. The original film is probably one of the best horror films of all time. This film seems akin to a poorly made direct-to-video sequel. I remember thinking this films as worth watching for the special effects, but by today's standards they don't hold up, which leave little to offer besides a good cast who are better than the film deserves. Weak!
Robert H (mx) wrote: Ishiro Honda does it again! Borrowing heavily upon his previous film Rodan, Mothra goes in a direction not quite used in previous Kaiju films. While previous films have tried to root themselves in science and as such have been science fiction to the core, Mothra takes a mythical fantasy/ adventure film path instead. It isn't radiation that has created or freed Mothra, it is magic! Mothra is the God creature of the inhabitants of an island long thought to be deserted. It is also the home of 2 small 6 inch high twin women who telepathically call to and control the flying beast.Mothra also has more emphasis on music with the two females singing their song of Mosura (Mothra) almost from the moment they appear on screen.While I can't say that a giant flying moth is exactly the best idea for a kaiju, it is very much a classic and well done addition to the genre.
Craig G (br) wrote: A grand mad scientist film. Sort of like the Incredible Shrinking Man mixed with a Victor Frankenstein character. I have fond memories of it.