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Posted October 1, 2010
Aragami is an interesting samurai movie in existence.
Originally, I found out about this movie after watching 2LDK a couple pf months ago and found out about this challenge. I thought it was an interesting concept and would like to see how some of today's American directors could tackle such a project. Although I liked 2LDK, Aragami was simply the better movie. At times, the style and dialog (or lack of) reminded me of something Tarantino would do. The very basic plot is that Aragami (Masaya Kato), who, incidentally, is the God of Battle, challenges a samurai (Takao Osawa) to a fight to the death. Aragami is tired of living and can not commit suicide nor die of old age or other natural causes. He must be killed in battle, as he is the God of Battle. He immortalizes the samurai by feeding him his deceased friend's liver and the fight is on. Surprisingly, this basic plot did not seem to drag on for too long and was just about the right length to establish the two main characters. Unlike most other movies this one lacks a clear antagonist the two leads are described as men of honor each with his own unique personality and at times, the dialog was humorous. While making the impact of the fight between them even more effective as both characters are likable. Kitamura's decision to keep the battle for the final part of the film proves to be a correct one, as tension builds up between the two leads with each and every revelation, setting their motivation for what’s coming. “Aragami: The Raging God of Battle” It’s not a fully blown action film instead its simple plodded. I enjoyed this film very much and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys samurai movies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.