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USA 2008, 99 minutes
Dir. David Mamet
Genres: Drama / Martial Arts

Topics: Sport.


Aroview: Upright and mature David Mamet offering examines the principles behind jujitsu through a small-time, but respected martial arts instructor whose honour and integrity are put to severe test.

Silencing the strained dialogue and shape-shifting narrative turns of his best known work (although the complications that arise here are far from straightforward), writer/dir. Mamet maintains a forthrightness in character and tone that only comes unstuck towards the very end. Still, anchored by a sensitive lead performance (Ejiofor, with gravitas), and a seriousness towards martial arts seldom seen in movies, this comes recommended as Mamet’s least stagey and self-conscious film to date.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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