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September 28, 2010

The other day we went to see a Japanese movie that you’ve never heard of called “Punishment Island” at the New York Film Festival.  It was originally released in 1966, directed by Masahiro Shinoda.  (I sort of thought it might end up being a long lost inspiration for Survivor.)

Here’s the synopsis from the NYFF site:

In this gripping drama — widely considered among Shinoda’s best — the surviving son of a family murdered for political reasons returns to the island where he grew up and confronts the past. Coming to terms with the brutality of his reform-school headmaster proves difficult for the vengeance-minded Saburo (Akira Nitta), and Shinoda’s starkly composed film is suffused with personal and national legacies of guilt and fear. Print courtesy of the Pacific Film Archive.

That description is a little pinky-in-the-air, but it was a very cool movie, great cinematography, particularly of the islands and the ocean, and the lead actor that played Saburo was excellent, as was the guy that played one of the evil bastards, Matsui (no, not that Matsui, or that Matsui).

It’s got a good revenge story, lots of flashbacks, and there’s also a particularly cringe-worthy scene involving the severing of a thumb (a classic movie theme), though perhaps not quite as cringe-worthy as Clint’s forest scene.

Anyway, following our new movie-reviewing mandate (not to be confused with ManDate), Shinoda and “Punishment Island” are awesome and definitely do not suck.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2010 11:07 am

    “little pinky-in-the-air”, fantastic!

  2. September 28, 2010 3:53 pm

    “little pinky-in-the-air”, fantastic!”

    I agree! Immediately conjured up an image of someone drinking a hot cup of tea in my mind. I’m going to look for this movie on the internet.

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