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Taboo (1999)

Gohatto (original title)
The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima

Writers:

Ryôtarô Shiba (novel), Nagisa Ôshima
10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Kitano ... Captain Toshizo Hijikata (as 'Beat' Takeshi)
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Samurai Sozaburo Kano
Shinji Takeda Shinji Takeda ... Lieutenant Soji Okita
Tadanobu Asano ... Samurai Hyozo Tashiro
Yôichi Sai Yôichi Sai ... Commander Isami Kondo
Jirô Sakagami Jirô Sakagami ... Lieutenant Genzaburo Inoue
Kôji Matoba Kôji Matoba ... Samurai Heibei Sugano
Masa Tommies Masa Tommies ... Inspector Jo Yamazaki
Masatô Ibu ... Officer Koshitaro Ito
Zakoba Katsura Zakoba Katsura ... Wachigaiya
Tomorô Taguchi ... Samurai Tojiro Yuzawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chikako Aoyama
Yoshiaki Fujiwara Yoshiaki Fujiwara
Daisuke Iijima Daisuke Iijima
Yôichi Iijima Yôichi Iijima
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Storyline

Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai named Sozaburo Kano. The school's stern master can choose to intervene, or to let Kano decide his own path. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Japan | France | UK

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 December 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Taboo See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,947, 8 October 2000

Gross USA:

$114,425

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,374
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was Nagisa Ôshima's only film after his 1996 stroke. See more »

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Thought-provoking and interesting
4 July 2003 | by SeolasSee all my reviews

Gohatto: 7/10

This was the only Kitano movie I had seen until Brother, and I thought he was someone else in the movie. And then I saw a "more impressive" actor... who turned out to be Kitano. Doh! The story of this was very interesting, and I'm not sure how it'd go over in America. It explores homosexuality and it's relative openness in the samurai, and is based around a handsome young man, who a lot of men fall in love with. These men start turning up dead, and a jealous member of the clan is suspected. The movie gets confusing at times, but I think that is more because of a cultural difference than script downfalls. Kitano is brilliant in this one as the captain who seems to be struggling to hide his affections for the young man (Ryuhei Matsuda as Sozaburo Kano). There are several branching storylines, but they all lead back to the main one. Not a masterpiece of anything, but more quality Asian cinema.


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