TZ Review Talkback: "Kai Doh Maru"
TZ Reviews "Kai Doh Maru": Stunning Beauty Can't Save Weak Story
Kai Doh Maru is a film best described by one of its villains. As she looks down on a poisoned river filled with floating bodies, her companion asks her how she likes the view. “It’s quite atmospheric,” she responds. I.G. Plus produced Kai Doh Maru, and like their last project, Blood: The Last Vampire, Kai Doh Maru is stunningly atmospheric. Continue reading my review of "Kai Doh Maru"
Just watched it a couple days ago and I got every bit of the story from the movie itself. Nothing ambiguous at all. I hadn't even bothered to read the back, so I guess I got it on first view(since none of what was in the review was new or a surprise). With that said, the first half was very boring, the 2nd a bit better. I had no problems with the dub, and I thought the animation was weaker than the previous effort. A decent view, but it's no Blood.
It wasn't that I didn't get the story, it's just that the pacing was a mess -- the plot zoomed by and I ended up having to think about what just happened when I would much rather have been watching the film. What I didn't get was the exposition and the individual characters' personalities, which I think would have greatly enriched the film if they'd spent more time on them.
Originally Posted by Orange Brat
Can you really tell me that you didn't laugh when the English Kintoki said "Oh, Hime," in the flashback scene? For some reason it sounded goofy to me. And I realize it fit in that scene, but Manga needs to learn that it's not always, "Oh, Hime," sometimes it's "Ohime," a formal way of addressing a noble daughter. I don't know, some of the voices were decent, but they lost me when they started talking about "Mr. Seemay."
I really thought they were going for a more subdued, integrated effect with the animation on this one -- Blood was very flashy, whereas the difficult cgi effects here were simply background, ordinary objects to flesh out the scene (like the ox-carts). I think they're getting much more confident in their application of these techniques. And that was one really cool opening song.