Notes

“Pacifist Samurai Film”

The Japan Times interviews Shinya Tsukamoto about his new film, Killing. “’As I took in the current state of the world, I had an urge to let out (the film) like a scream. The act of killing in the Edo Period (1603-1868) was quite normal. I found many connections with our age, in which more and more people think that violence is an answer, he told reporters. ‘I asked myself how a young person today would react if they found themselves in that period — would they be able to kill without hesitation? That’s why I created a samurai that doesn’t want to kill anymore,’ Tsukamoto said.”

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