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Fall Guy Reviews

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March 24, 2010
Interesting film inside a film inside a film concept by Kenji Fukasaku in which it's a samurai film shoot is going on inside of a drama which is all actually a comedy. Fall Guy is about an actor that is becoming washed up and then gets his girlfriend pregnant who he pawns off on a friend of his that is a bit part actor. Sounds like a mouthfull but it works thanks to great direction from Fukasaku. Also all of the filmmaking inside the film is fun to watch, with a decent amount of suspense added for the final stunt.
January 25, 2010
A dark-humored meditation on the state of the film industry in 1980s Japan, overt self-abuse and sacrifice, manipulation and loyalty, and vigorous theatrics. As if that was not enough, it is of course, also formated as a movie-within-a-movie-within-a-theater show, a la Fellini's 8 1/2. Although its highly energetic style is annoying, it kind of grows on you (creepily) by the end of the effort (and yes, it was quite an effort to watch it).
January 2, 2010
Not truly sure what to think of this movie, besides liking its quirky, pictures-with-in-pictures approach. I'm not sure if the portrayal of Japanese women is better in this piece than others, but at least it gives one of the leads a heroine role. If you're in for something very different in a movie experience, just watch Fukasaku's Fall guy.
October 3, 2009
Essential for any authentic Japanese film lover even though it is not the most ambitious or serious movie Kinji Fukasaku has ever made. It's actually a darling love letter to the film industry and the ordinary people behind it, quite enjoyable.
September 30, 2008
this is not so much a comedy as it is a fairly well-acted soap opera sprinkled with some of the most uproarious 'making-movies' comedy possible. the final scene reminds one of The Holy Mountain, only sweeter and less weird (if that's not a good thing I leave to you to decide).
½ April 30, 2008
Half a year later, I'm thinking about this wonderful little piece that is both touching and serious and the whole time comedic. About an underdog who breaks into the movie industry to win the love of his best friend's newly pregnant concubine.
Jossepi
Super Reviewer
February 11, 2008
A movie within a movie. Comical and ambitious. This movie has excellent storylines about a stuntman who's willing to break an arm or a leg to take care of the ones he love. It's a movie about a man that lives in a life that blurs the line of real-life and life as a stuntman for movies.
February 11, 2008
A movie within a movie. Comical and ambitious. This movie has excellent storylines about a stuntman who's willing to break an arm or a leg to take care of the ones he love. It's a movie about a man that lived in a life that blur the line of real-life and life as a stuntman for movies.
½ October 8, 2005
Japanese movie about the behind the scenes of a samurai movie studio, in particular a bit player who gets paid little to do dangerous stunts. Billed as a comedy, there was only one scene in the beginning that made me laugh, as the egocentric leading actors ham it up in front of the cameras competiting for closeups. The film goes downhill from there.
February 14, 2005
Usually when foreign directors break gorund with a popular film, they tend to have earlier films brought to surface. Such is the case with Battle Royale 2 director Kinjin Fukasaku's Fall Guy, originally released in the 1980s. The story follows a love triangle - a fallen samurai superstar, his bit actor partner and the superstar's pregnant ex. The superstar arranges for the bit actor to marry his ex because he's on to bigger better things. Their relationship being sadomasochitic, the bit actor accepts. As the story evolves the human drama enters, the final sequence is very compelling. I'm not going into details, just watch the damn film. :up:
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