Film Review: Scars of the Sun (2006) by Takashi Miike

If something characterizes Takashi Miike’s cinema, is his visual delusions, his dark humor and his excessive extravagance. In recent years, Miike has approached a more serious and personal cinema with films like “13 Assassins” or “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai”, but the truth is that already in 2006, Miike managed to make what is perhaps his most personal, most mature and least recognized film: “Scars of the Sun”, a true study of a society in decline and on the meaning of violence as it depicts the story of how a family man gets to lose everything in an instant.

After a hard day of work in the office, Mr. Katayama goes to his home to celebrate his birthday with his wife and his little daughter. However, halfway through, he notices a group of teenagers who are attacking a homeless person. Katayama decides not to sit idly by,
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Vff ’12: Bringing Deadball to the Masses: A Movie Review

Director/Writer: Yûdai Yamaguchi.

Cast: Tak Sakaguchi, Miho Ninagawa.

The Japanese certainly love their baseball, and Deadball is a bizarre comedic twist in showing how enthusiastic some can get. In a game that is supposed to be about teamwork, the theme of survival of the fittest is more appropriate.

As young Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) shows in his practice round with his father, tossing the ball around is killer! Yakyu-san has this ability to supercharge his throws and those who try to catch them will not survive it. Many years later, the boy has become a violent offender, and while awaiting trial, he’s transported to a prison where he tries to blend in.

But amongst his cellmates, not many of them want to be his friends. Sakaguchi shows that he can play a mild mannered character, but he is a lot more lovable as a psycho killer—like in his other film,
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