‎ASURA (2012) DIRECTED BY KEIICHI SATO

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

Based on a manga by George Akiyama, Asura is directed by KeiichiSalớn. The animation style blends 3D computer generated models with a hand-drawnstyle. The characters have sầu a sketchy kiến thiết, 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, and the final battle. Thecomputer-aided graphics also provide some fantastic weather & lightingeffects và give sầu the world a tangible feel, further enhanced by great sound work.The music by Yoshihiro Ike, Norihikhổng lồ Sumitomo & SusumuUedomain authority includes a thrilling theme and an orchestral feel that offsets the dramaperfectly. The story is tragic and the emotions raw. There are also a lot ofbloody action sequences & the kinetic energy of Asura’s acrobatic fightingstyle is a joy lớn watch. The character of Asura is likeable despite hishorrific deeds in the early part of the film and provokes genuine sympathy inhis struggle to lớn rein in his atavistic instincts in favour of more civilisedbehaviour. Again the look of the characters goes a long way towards making themmemorable and the film as a whole has a unique feel.

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


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