Gohatto (Taboo)
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After a 13-year absence, partially due to a life-threatening stroke, master filmmaker Nagisa Oshima returns to the silver screen with this revisionist samurai epic. From his first major film, Cruel Story of Youth to his most notorious work Ai no Korrida, Oshima has coupled the political and the sexual in a manner that transgresses all social norms. In this film, Oshima explores homosexuality among the ranks of the much hallowed samurai. The film is set in Kyoto in 1865 during a critical moment of Japanese history--the country's 300-year-long self-imposed isolation was coming to an abrupt… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Taboo is not an entirely successful film, but it isn't boring."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A self-serious cheese-fest ... utterly worthless as an actual film, but quite entertaining as an object of derision."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Though the 68 year-old director suffered a stroke a few years ago, he has triumphantly returned with one of the greatest Japanese films in years, directed from the seat of his wheelchair."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A film that provocatively entwines the violent world of samurai with forbidden eroticism ends up so bloodless (in a figurative sense)."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The best darned gay samurai murder-mystery I have ever seen."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A brilliantly stylized period piece set in Kyoto."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A Gay Samurai Murder Mystery that's lacking in all three categories"
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"...much of the film revolves around a guessing game about the ambiguous young samurai"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Eventually, the fate-driven plot takes hold of you and becomes compelling."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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