Asura (2012) by keiichi sato


In a world suffering from famine a woman gives birth to herson. With starvation warping her sensibilities she almost resorts khổng lồ eating theinfant khổng lồ survive. Terrified by the thought of what she was about to vì she runs,leaving her child khổng lồ fend for itself. Eight years later the boy (Masako Nozawa)has become feral, killing & eating people to stay alive. When he crossespaths with a monk (Kinya Kitaoji) he is little more than a beast, snarlingwithout language and knowing only how to lớn fight. The monk gives him the nameAsura and tries lớn steer him back lớn a path of humanity, attempting to teachhim Buddhist sutras. Asura later meets a young woman, Wakasa (MegumiHayashibara), whose kindness encourages him khổng lồ follow a better path. However, somepeople want revenge for the deaths he has caused and the darker side of Asura’snature is always lurking just beneath the surface.

Based on a manga by George Akiyama, Asura is directed by KeiichiSato. The animation style blends 3 chiều computer generated models with a hand-drawnstyle. The characters have a sketchy design, with pencil lines visible on theirfeatures, which gives the film a storybook feel. This complements the plotwhich resembles a fable. There are some stunning sequences enabled by thedigital art techniques, such as soaring aerial shots, & the final battle. Thecomputer-aided graphics also provide some fantastic weather & lightingeffects and give the world a tangible feel, further enhanced by great sound work.The music by Yoshihiro Ike, Norihito Sumitomo & SusumuUeda includes a thrilling theme và an orchestral feel that offsets the dramaperfectly. The story is tragic & the emotions raw. There are also a lot ofbloody kích hoạt sequences and the kinetic energy of Asura’s acrobatic fightingstyle is a joy to lớn watch. The character of Asura is likeable despite hishorrific deeds in the early part of the film và provokes genuine sympathy inhis struggle khổng lồ rein in his atavistic instincts in favour of more civilisedbehaviour. Again the look of the characters goes a long way towards making themmemorable và the film as a whole has a quality feel.

Asura is at heart a simple morality tale about redemptionand retaining ones humanity in the face of terrible circumstances. In thebeginning of the film Asura has lost all semblance of humanity, having resortedto killing to lớn survive. He moves & sounds lượt thích an animal and has no compassionfor other humans. The priest and Wakasa, by contrast, are prepared to dierather than sink to the màn chơi of killing or indulging their worst instincts.Through their kindness Asura is shown another way to lớn live. It is an interestingmoral conundrum as khổng lồ what should be permitted in order to survive. In a harshworld, where starvation leads people lớn desperate acts, is it possible toretain a civilised society? Alongside this question, the film also asks theaudience lớn consider Asura’s position, having already committed terriblecrimes. Can & should he be forgiven? Can he redeem himself? Some of thoseAsura meets treat him as a villain, others as a victim, and this impacts him inturn. A film that asks important questions of its audience, with excellentanimation và a chất lượng style.

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