Till now, IÃ‚Â´ve only seen VERSUS (aww, shame on me :-</E> ) , and that flick really
is too long. [/quote]
I guess, you haven’t even seen “Ultimate Versus”? It’s even longer, about 10 minutes, and, guess what, its all fighting!!! ;D ;D ;D
I guess Kitamura has a lot of fun shooting his movies, [/quote]
Yeah, and that’s all that matters. A lot of nowadays directors could learn from this guy. You gotta LOVE your movie, not just the money it will make. Sure, money’s an important thing, but I’d spend it rather for a movie, that has some minor flaws but is made with LOVE, than throw it away for some non-risc mainstream-shit that’s nice to watch, but got a stale taste like a McDonalds-Burger: It’s tasty as long as it lasts, but shortly afterwards you gotta shit, and then your even hungrier than before.
but in my opinion, as a director, you gotta look at whatÃ‚Â´s right for the pace of the film and whatÃ‚Â´s not - and a 45 minute swordfight with 987.654.321 slomo shots and two guys spending 80% of their screentime on taking up poses is not. [/quote]
Hmm, if this ain’t the right thing, what is? It’s all entertainment, and as long as he doesn’t repeat himself (in the same movie), it’s all fine. The final sword-fight in “Versus” is pure O.W.N.A.G.E. in capital-letters.
I liked VERSUS, but… I donÃ‚Â´t know…Ã‚Â Kitamura should learn to restrict himself a little for the sake of his movies.
No, he shouldn’t, because if he would, who would be making those cool Style-Over-Substance-Kitamura-Movies? You’re right, the key-word is “Kitamura”. There are lots of other directors shooting well-paced movies. And a lot of good ones, too. But isn’t it nice to have someone out there who sticks to his own rules, and will always be a bit different than the rest?