Serpent's Path
Hebi no michi
Japan, 1998, 85 minutes, SD
Serpent's Path Synopsis

SERPENT'S PATH tells the tale of Miyashita (Teruyuki Kagawa), a former low level yakuza who has tracked down his child's killer with help of his friend Nijima (Sho Aikawa) whom he met a year before. They've kidnapped a yakuza member believed responsible for the killing to take out revenge.


But vengeance is neither simple or easy. Another person is soon implicated in the child's death, leading the pair farther down a path of revenge and violence. And what darker secret has led Nijima, a lowly professor, to help Miyashita in this affair.


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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
Revenge begets revenge but is it all worth it?  Director Kurosawa's compelling film "Serpent's Path" is  as slithery and slippery as the serpent in that the twists will keep viewers... more
Revenge begets revenge but is it all worth it?  Director Kurosawa's compelling film "Serpent's Path" is  as slithery and slippery as the serpent in that the twists will keep viewers guessing.  While we see an emotionally bruised father who seeks revenge for the murder of his daughter, the simple and unassuming professor who helps him has a questionable function and creates suspicion. Commendable performances especially by Sho Aikawa as Nijima, the professor and the movie has great atmospheric camera work including wide shots, a trademark of Kurosawa. Engrossing and compelling, this film won Best Film for director Kurosawa and Best Actor for Aikawa at the Japanese Professional Movie Awards. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Intense and deceptively engrossing film! This is one of the early works of famed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa who's very popular especially for his horror films like Cure, Seance and Pulse.... more
Intense and deceptively engrossing film! This is one of the early works of famed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa who's very popular especially for his horror films like Cure, Seance and Pulse. The very striking theme in the movie is revenge but as it is with most stories, revenge almost always has its dire consequences.  But while this is basically a crime-thriller film it' s a pleasant surprise to witness black humor being interjected in scenes like the golf course abduction scene,  this is  undeniably the unconventional style of Kurosawa. Worth checking out and more so,  don't miss this if you're a die-hard Kurosawa fan! 
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