So um.... yeeaaaahhhh.. I just finished watching Oldboy. Spent the last 10 minutes leaning away from the monitor in shock feeling sick as if I just watched Serbian Movie or something, even though all it was was a conversation between two men.
This is my first ever attempt to watch and finish an Asian production and bam, right in the kisser, there it is. I vaguely remember stumbling on Youtube upon a finale of some anime a few years ago, I remember the words "death note" (I could be wrong) and I remember the SAME type of dark stomach-twisting tragic vibe to a tragic end. Is it a mere coincidence or do Japanese productions tend to have this melancholic shocking tragic atmosphere that makes you lament your own life? (I realize Oldboy is Korean but it's based on Japanese material no?)
I will say that until that last confrontation, the movie felt like one big stroke of genius. Everything from the humor to the camera touches to the little foreshadowing details was amazing. Then there's the revelation pictured above and it's just sickening.
Verdict: 8/10. Two points dropped for being too long and sounding funny.
Anyway.. I've always disliked anime because, from what I've seen, it looked and sounded like an unnatural abomination but I kinda dig the fucked up feeling I have right now. I wanna be shocked and disgusted some more by extreme boundary-breaking narrative of incest and malice that will make me gag, I LIKE THE FEELING OF IT. So... I guess what I'm saying here is.... can you... recommend an Asian movie or anime that is filled with ridiculous tragedy like this?
What have I become.