Survive Style 5+ (2004)
Having survived my boredom during the last 20 minutes, it did eventually end with something of a reassuring closure. Gen Sekiguchi’s 2004 production of Survive Style 5+ does have a familiar feel to a Tarentino from 1994 and a Ritchie of 1998. If you like films that hand everything on a plate to you, you’ll hate this one. Interesting debates evolve around use of colour and metaphor, and is it perception or perspective. For me, the film sets out several questions, that are more important than is this Sekiguchi’s first feature film. For one, did he make it with a western market in mind?