If You Were Young: Rage highlights the other side of post-war Japanese prosperity, focusing on the throngs of young people who missed out on the boom. We follow a group of young men that can't seem to get ahead, despite their willingness to try. Then one hits upon a plane - to work together to save for a dump truck and thus become independent contractors and be their own bosses at last. Ultimately life presents obstacles: jail for one, violence at the hands of the police for another and a girlfriend and subsequent children for the third. An early Kinji Fukasaku gem that imports the freewheeling style of the French New Wave and the hip detachment of American noir.
Writer:Kinji Fukasaku, Ai Kennedy (translation), Koji Matsumoto, Takehiro Nakajima
If You Were Young: Rage highlights the other side of post-war Japanese prosperity, focusing on the throngs of young people who missed out on the boom. We follow a group of young men that can't seem to get ahead, despite their willingness to try. Then one hits upon a plane - to work together to save for a dump truck and thus become independent contractors and be their own bosses at last. Ultimately life presents obstacles: jail for one, violence at the hands of the police for another and a girlfriend and subsequent children for the third. An early Kinji Fukasaku gem that imports the freewheeling style of the French New Wave and the hip detachment of American noir. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Susie E (jp) wrote: Absolutely love stories like this. Rudy, Rudy!
Carroll H (gb) wrote: Big name actors making a junk movie ... ugh, waste of time.
Julie D (de) wrote: Henry Poole is without hope or faith and is trying to avoid any and all human contact.Henry has moved into a neighborhood where he is unknown only to find that his neighbor, Esperanza, sees the "face of Christ" in the new stucco on his house. Insisting that it is a water stain, unable to remove it with bleach, and equally unable to keep Esperanza away, he agrees to let the local priest bring in experts for evaluation.Meanwhile, we discover why Henry is hiding from the world and see him pulled into interaction despite himself with his neighbors. Henry provides the skeptical, reasonable voice of the world, wanting rational explanations and refusing to believe in ... "don't say that word!" ... miracles because those just don't happen. This provides not only many humorous situations but poignant moments as well. As the movie progresses we are aching to know if the "face of Christ" is genuine or only a water stain. Equally, we are aching for Henry.In the most basic sense, the overall message of this movie could be that no man is an island, as Henry is unable to avoid people constantly reaching out to him in friendly interest. Those people spark a transformation that Henry can not possibly imagine as he continually attempts to bat them away. We do not see every situation resolved but the sense that resolution lies in the future is clearly present by the end of the film. The story overall is a human, interesting look at hopelessness and faith, isolation and love, memories and future.There are some script flaws. There could have been more plot lines and a bit less telegraphing of some of the story. The flashbacks are awkwardly jumps in time and some story points move unrealistically quickly. However, it does not make claims to be something it is not. This is a little, refreshing, quirky movie with heart. I have watched many simple movies such as The Castle and Eagle vs. Shark with exactly those same qualities that have stuck with me for a very long time. This movie is no less.Here is a no-doubt-about-it faith message that was delivered interestingly, and with realistic characters, using subtle methods to enhance the story. Predictable in some ways, it made us think along the way, didn't spoon feed us everything, and was far superior to Fireproof in technique and delivery. It speaks about faith and prayer in the way that normal people do, without stopping to deliver speeches about "accepting the Lord." As Tom says, "You can lead a horse to water, but you probably can't beat it to water."An indie-style movie with a simple but well delivered story, it is a lesson in how to deliver messages when you're not already preaching to the choir, as "Christian" movies are wont to do. Excellent acting enhanced the movie greatly. For example, I have never seen George Lopez in anything but broad comic roles, which were painful, to tell the truth. Here he does a subtle, low key delivery as the very real seeming neighborhood priest who is called in to give judgment on the "appearance."We appreciated the acknowledgment that it is possible to have a woman look beautiful and modest while dressing like a normal person. (No stereotypical "sensible" pumps, no frumpy blouse and skirt sets that your mother might wear, and no ugly hair styles ... yes, "Fireproof," I'm lookin' at you all the way here.) Equally, there is no immodest behavior although everyone's behavior is entirely normal. I particularly enjoyed the device of using the tape recorder to both engage Henry with another person and remind him and the audience of key points. As well, we both appreciated the sequence informing of us Henry's past while he is at the river. Artfully and subtly done, especially in a movie with this overall message.The symbolism likewise was there for us if we wanted it but didn't intrude on our viewing. Take note of characters' names, keeping in mind Esperanza is Spanish for "hope." Equally, remember that a cross never shows up in a movie, even as a shadow, without the filmmaker deliberately placing it there (kudos to Tom who caught this one in the movie). As a larger example: Henry's house is empty, barren, dark, and bleak. A neighbor's backyard, likewise, is in stages of raw disorder, although their house is warm and inviting. We were shocked every time Henry left his home and we saw the neighborhood full of lush, flourishing yards and homes. The contrast between Henry and other people is shown to us thus to make an overall impression that sinks in at a level we did not have to have a spoken declaration to understand. This is not all but we will let it unfold for you.Well done and definitely recommended for those interested in what they would do if the "face of Christ" showed up on the wall of their house.
(br) wrote: wow its gr8............
Dan O (de) wrote: The Conspiracy movie of conspiracy movies
Ashish T (au) wrote: Post-apocalyptic wastelands with poison jungles and tiny pockets of humanity struggling to survive with primitive technology. Constant war. Brutality and cruelty. Weapons of mass destruction. Ancient horrors resurrected, innocents sacrificed. Sounds like it would be grim, hard to watch, but Nausicaa is instead a stunningly beautiful, surreal experience - light as a cloud, for all the darkness and electric lightning flowing through it.
Brad G (mx) wrote: "There's nothing sacred about a hole in the ground or the man that's in it." After expressing his gloomy displeasure with the disappearance of The American West, Sam Peckinpah's follow-up film documented an all-out descent into hell that mirrored his own self-destruction. Warren Oates is Bennie, an ex patriot bartender who attempts to rise above his station by collecting a million dollar bounty on the severed head of a gangland lothario. A real hero's quest...if you replace Gilgamesh with a bottom feeding drunk and the will of the gods with blind luck and a sure shot. Tagging along for his damnation is his prostitute girlfriend, Isela Vega; their relationship seems to start the film as one of mutual convenience but through horrific circumstances they fool themselves into love but down south such fantasies will not last. The final third of the film is not just melancholic like Pat Garrett, but downright depressing. Warren Oates is said to be mimicking the look and mannerisms of his director, and considering Peckinpah's eventual collapse into self pity, Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia is one of cinema's hardest watches. That being said, it's also a brilliant bit of dread; a mean, hateful, ugly, angry film. A real sick puppy that wallows in its filth. Peckinpah would make other films, but this is his final statement. VF.
Blake P (nl) wrote: Impressive. In my opinion, this movie could really be the "Gone With the Wind" of 1937. The '30's was full of disaster movies, and this and "San Francisco" are probably the best recognized. Set in the 1870's, I actually was impressed by 20th Century Fox's work for this flick. Despite the weak script (I don't think it should have gotten nominated for an Academy Award), this movie is very well- done. They picked actors that would soon become big stars as well as legends today, like Tyrone Power, Don Ameche, Alice Faye (up there with Betty Grable), and Alice Brady, who is now mostly known through her role as Carole Lombard's mother in "My Man Godrey". But besides the fine actors, this movie has just such impressive set design! 'Old Chicago looks pretty darn real, every house, every store seemed authentic, which comes as a big 'ole surprise. The costume design makes the time-setting seem a whole lot more real, and even though some were a little bit over the top, it's still really impressive. But, what I and most people take note of, is the infamous fire scene, that allegedly started with cow tipping over a lantern. The fire burns the whole town up realistically, from the buildings collapsing, as well as the smoke blowing around all over. The extras that run around all over the town add so much, I can't even tell you how much it felt like a documentary of some sort. In Old Chicago is indescribable, and I'm sure you will feel the same way.
Eric P (mx) wrote: Absolutely captivating.
Javier E (ru) wrote: Ni buena, ni mala, pero con una direccion mas firme pudo ser mejor. Annette Bening cumple al presentar a esta mujer de edad madura que no puede superar la muerte de su esposo (Ed Harris) y que tiene la suerte de encontrarse a otro hombre igual a el. Dominguera. (Texto intencionalmente sin acentos).
Mike L (jp) wrote: I think I just found one of my new favorite movies.. Brilliant in every sense of the word. I'm almost speechless. All I'll say is: chills straight down my spine. Don't read into this movie, just watch it and thank me later