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CLOSELY WATCHED FILMS: KILL!

Tatsuya Nakadai has a ball in Kihachi Okamoto’s campy Eastern Western

Tatsuya Nakadai has a ball in Kihachi Okamoto’s campy Eastern Western

KILL! (KIRU) (Kihachi Okamoto, 1968)
92YTribeca
200 Hudson St. at Canal St.
Wednesday, April 7, $12, 8:00
212-415-5500
www.92YTribeca.org/film
www.criterion.com/films/763

Kihachi Okamoto’s goofy, fun Eastern Spaghetti Western, with lots of references to other samurai flicks, is based on the novel PEACEFUL DAYS by Shugoro Yamamoto, which was also turned into Akira Kurosawa’s 1962 Asian oater SANJURO. But this time around, it’s played more for laughs. Tatsuya Nakadai, one of the main villains in both SANJURO and YOJIMBO, stars as former samurai Genta, a laid-back dude who gets caught up in the middle of an inner struggle of a split clan (one group of which contains seven rogue samurai). He meets up with former peasant farmer Hanjiro (Etsushi Takahashi), who dreams of becoming a brave samurai and involves himself in the same battle, though on an opposing side. As the plot grows more impossible to follow, with lots of betrayals, double crosses, would-be yakuza, and romantic jealousy, so does the riotous relationship between Genta and Hanjiro. Masaru Sato’s score is fab as well. This special screening at 92YTribeca, part of the Closely Watched Films series, will be hosted by Elliot Kalan with comic book artist Evan Dorkin.

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