Death by Hanging


Action / Comedy / Crime / Drama

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1.05 GB
Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 58 min
P/S 0 / 2
1.96 GB
Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 58 min
P/S 1 / 11

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by exttraspecial10 / 10

Hardcore surrealism

I wasn't expecting it but after the first few minutes of what would seem to be an ordinary documentary the story falls in rapid succession into calamity, mystery, horror, absurdity and heaps upon heaps of surrealism and ultimately falling completely out of touch with reality. We're in new territory here. It's like Buñuel on steroids with a side order of TNT. The film wears you down as the characters flip flop through their machinations about how to deal with the after affects of a botched execution. Why don't they just shoot the guy in the head and get it over with? That would be a hell of a lot easier. I loved this movie, but I'll have to give my brain a few months to digest it before watching it again.

Reviewed by Jeremy_Urquhart8 / 10

Extremely compelling film

Pretty fantastic dark comedy/satire about the death penalty, the justice system, and relations between Japan and Korea post World War 2.

What starts as a quirky and amusing (yet still quite dark) film about what to do with a sentenced to death prisoner who apparently can't be killed gradually becomes more surreal, psychological, and more dramatic.

The progression is done well, and while there are scenes in the second half that can be overwhelming or confusing, at a point I certainly stopped taking things literally and tried to focus on the ideas and themes presented. (Arguably, with the initial premise of a man surviving being hanged, I should have stopped taking things literally almost straight away).

It has an accessible first half that does give way to a more disturbing and confounding second half, but it's a journey well worth taking if the premise sounds interesting to you.

Reviewed by dromasca9 / 10

Kafka meets Japan

This is one of the most complex and troubling films that I have seen lately. I know unfortunately too little about Nagisa Oshima, beyond his being the director of the famous Empire of Senses. Here he gives an amazingly strong film about the fate of one man identified by a one letter name (as in Kafka's Process) facing death by hanging but refusing to die, and losing his memory in the process. The whole bureaucratic system around works to get his memory back in order to make him pay for his crimes. They will re-enact his crimes starting to look crazier and bringing to surface their own demons and prejudices, plunging the hero redeemed innocent by amnesia and themselves in a complex world that mixes ceremony and nightmare. The film is a strong shout of protest against the death penalty, militarism and any repressive system that crashes human dignity.

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