Here we are with another major update on this years FanTasia Film Festival, which is taking place NOW in Montreal, Canada. The first review we added is for the legendary Takashi Miike’s Izo. YOu can read the review by clicking here or read on for a nother look. Also added is a review for Karaoke Terror, which our onsite reporter DarkLoud despised. Last we added a review for an indie film called So Mort it Be, which is NOT playing at FanTasia. Read on for another look at Izo…Miike’s Immortality: Izo
Review by DarkLoud
Miike’s super-styled directing is at it again. This time the visual is just like most of Miike’s film meaning that he did not polish them. This works very well for this film. Miike’s style is still as enjoyable as ever.
Once again he did pay a special attention to the music. He did so by adding a musician that keeps singing for quite a long time at random moments during the movie. Just a reminder for any new Miike’s fans: Miike really started to use the music in quite an impressive way with Deadly outlaw rekka. His older work was impressive as well but not as efficient.
Political messages in the film can be found by the dozens. He even added footage from archives taken from important events that took place throughout the world. (World War 2, Hiroshima etc…) The footage plays in to make the movie more understandable. The violence plays a big role in the movie. So much so that people have a tendency to forget the meanings behind it. By adding these important pieces of footage, Miike is really showing to the audience is human suffering in the world. The movie gives off the feeling of a punch to the nose. Not one person gets out of there indifferent.
The political message is not the only one. Miike also shows why there is so much violence in the world by adding religious messages. The Christ is at a point represented on the cross. This is the opening scene of the film and no one can forget about it. The suffering that is showed is in your face and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Different Gods and also Buddha are represented in the film and they are all questioned in Miike’s own way.
This is a type of a film that you wish to see on big screen. Besides the dozens of messages, the violence shown is one of the rawness. It is one of the most violent films ever made. In such a blood bath it is important to remember the reasons behind it.
Karma plays a big role in the film as well. The main character *Izo* travels from a place to another in a split seconds, this is a powerful tool that Miike can use to show many generations and many ways to live your own life. At one point Izo is even fighting vampires and ends up becoming a demon.
There is a lot of important thoughts to give about such statements. The subject of a world in pain is maybe not a new one, but the way it is presented here makes you see things with a brand new pair of RED sunglasses. This is a world that has no mercy, as shown in many scenes. Especially the scene when Izo runs into children. Blood spills, people die but the worlds remain the same. Izo remains the same as well, immortal and violent just as the world.