Taboo
Taboo (2000)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Taboo is not an entirely successful film, but it isn't boring.

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

A self-serious cheese-fest ... utterly worthless as an actual film, but quite entertaining as an object of derision.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

A film that provocatively entwines the violent world of samurai with forbidden eroticism ends up so bloodless (in a figurative sense).

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The best darned gay samurai murder-mystery I have ever seen.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A brilliantly stylized period piece set in Kyoto.

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Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

A Gay Samurai Murder Mystery that's lacking in all three categories

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

...much of the film revolves around a guessing game about the ambiguous young samurai

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Eventually, the fate-driven plot takes hold of you and becomes compelling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Gay samurai's and Beat Takeshi, what more could you ask for?
Christopher Brown
Oshima is back with, to my knowledge, the only gay samurai film. Beautiful, methodically paced and filled with interesting moments, it's easy to see… More
El Hombre Invisible
The title of the film may be misleading since it's more about samurai allowing petty sexual desire to interfere with discipline and order. Quietly, the… More
Eric Broome
Presumably the final film from acclaimed director Nagisa Oshima, "Taboo" is an underwhelming farewell. Set in 1865 Kyoto at the close of Japan's… More