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Aro Recommended Gohatto


aka: Taboo
Japan 1999, 96 minutes
Dir. Nagisa Oshima
In Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / Martial Arts, LGBT

Topics: Period - 1800s.


Aroview: Visually stunning evocation of the tensions in a samurai-training school in 1860s Japan, with Kitano playing a captain who agonises over his homoerotic feelings for a young trainee.

Filmed with a 'studio atmosphere' akin to QUERELLE, this crafts an appropriately austere thriller, with touches of deadpan humour, out of the enclosed world of martial arts training. Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto.

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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