Taboo

Taboo

Director: Nagisa Oshima

Cast: Nagisa Oshima, Takeshi Kitano, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano

     
 
Nagisa Oshima's drama Taboo comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include profiles of the cast and crew, and the theatrical trailer. This is a fine disc that is especially

Overview

Nagisa Oshima's drama Taboo comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include profiles of the cast and crew, and the theatrical trailer. This is a fine disc that is especially recommended to those with an interest in Japanese cinema.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The way of the sword clashes with the way of the heart in Taboo, a period drama from the Japanese New Wave director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses). Set in Kyoto in 1865, the story follows a samurai militia group as their strict and violent life is disrupted by a striking new recruit (Ryuhei Matsuda) whose androgynous beauty distracts and enthralls the highly disciplined swordsmen. Although the film is set during a crucial, transitional period in Japanese history -- the end of the Shogunate -- political and historical issues serve merely as a thematic backdrop to the subtle exploration of the male heart and libido in an almost monastic milieu. Taboo evolves into a murder mystery, with those suspected of having homosexual tendencies heading the list of murder suspects. The virtually all-male cast includes Takeshi Kitano, whose unique brand of inscrutability is well used. The result is a unique meditation on love, sexuality, and beauty with a strange and ultimately haunting resonance.
All Movie Guide
By setting a tale of homoerotic desire and jealousy in a regiment of macho samurai warriors, lifelong provocateur and instigator of the Japanese New Wave Nagisa Oshima proves that has not mellowed with age. But what's most interesting about the film is how little it actually shocks. The characters, and specifically Captain Hijikata (Takeshi Kitano), the only character to whose inner thoughts we are privy to, through a voice-over narration, seem to find it perfectly natural that an attractive youth would inspire lust in other men, and the samurai who become attracted to the beautiful and deadly Kano (Ryuhei Matsuda) make no secret of their desire for him. But the fact that their desires are out in the open does nothing to stop the wave of jealousy that eventually escalates into bloodshed. Featuring gorgeous tracking shots that recall the work of fellow Japanese master Kenji Mizoguchi, and filmed in a rich, blue-black color palette by cinematographer Toyomichi Kurita, Gohatto moves at a languid, contemplative pace, propelled by Hijikata's sparse narration and occasional texts that either emphasize the rules the militia lives by or offer intriguing, opinionated comments on the characters, as if the septuagenarian Oshima has given himself to right to comment on his own handiwork. Desire, fear, beauty, and death are all linked in Oshima's universe. In Taboo, these forces reach the boiling point against the backdrop of the samurai's strict code of conduct.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2002
UPC:
0717119791247
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Yorker Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Scene selections; Cast and crew profiles; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Takeshi Kitano Capt. Toshizo Hijikata
Shinji Takeda Actor
Tadanobu Asano Samurai Hyozo Tashiro
Koji Matoba Samurai Heibei Sugano
Kazuko Yoshiyuki The Servant Omatsu
Tomorowo Taguchi Samurai Tojiro Yuzawa
Yoichi Sai Commander Isami Kondo
Kei Sato Narrator
Ryuhei Matsuda Samurai Sozaburo Kano

Technical Credits
Nagisa Oshima Director,Screenwriter
Toyomichi Kurita Cinematographer
Jean Labadie Associate Producer
Shigehiro Nakagawa Executive Producer
Yoshinobu Nishioka Production Designer
Tomoyo Oshima Editor
Ryuichi Sakamoto Score Composer
Kazuo Shimizu Executive Producer
Jeremy Thomas Associate Producer
Emi Wada Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [2:00]
2. A Merchant's Son [7:01]
3. Code of Conduct [4:15]
4. Execution [3:57]
5. Object of Desire [7:58]
6. Rumour [3:27]
7. Captain Inoue [3:40]
8. Slighted Samurais [5:00]
9. The Ogawa Inn [7:53]
10. Ready to Die [8:34]
11. Kondo Returns [4:39]
12. Common Interests [4:48]
13. Militia Assignment [7:13]
14. Shimabara [5:45]
15. Jealousy [4:16]
16. Kano's Assignment [7:55]
17. Vow Between Men [5:14]
18. End Credits [2:57]

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