Hinotori

  • 1979
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Fantasy

A fine, albeit bizarre, film from famed Japanese director Ichikawa (THE BURMESE HARP) that combines split screen, slow motion, and animation techniques with a healthy dose of black humor to create a fable-like essay on the nature of war and life. Set in 180 A.D., the story concerns an extremely bloody war between two rival tribes who are trying to capture...read more

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A fine, albeit bizarre, film from famed Japanese director Ichikawa (THE BURMESE HARP) that combines split screen, slow motion, and animation techniques with a healthy dose of black humor to create a fable-like essay on the nature of war and life. Set in 180 A.D., the story concerns an

extremely bloody war between two rival tribes who are trying to capture the mythical Phoenix (which is animated) in order to drink its blood and thereby attain eternal life. Ichikawa depicts one violent act after another until the violence has an almost cartoonlike effect. HINOTORI was one of the

few films directed by Ichikawa in the 1980s because his style had fallen out of favor with the Japanese, and he had trouble financing any projects.

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A fine, albeit bizarre, film from famed Japanese director Ichikawa (THE BURMESE HARP) that combines split screen, slow motion, and animation techniques with a healthy dose of black humor to create a fable-like essay on the nature of war and life. Set in 18… (more)

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