Framed for a crime he did not commit, Eijji is subjected to
the harsh realities of the Ishikawa island prison camp. Sabu,
Eijji's long time friend, must discover who is responsible
for Eijji's incarceration before prison life consumes him
sees director Takashi Miike deliver a haunting tale adapted
from the classic Japanese rights of passage novel by Shugoro
Being a director that refuses to tie himself down to any genre,
Miike has delivered a made for TV period drama. Featuring
rising film star Tatsuya Fujiwara (Battle Royale 1 &
2) Sabu is part mystery, part period piece.
some may say that it is overly long, I personally found it
engrossing enough that I didn't mind the length - but that
doesn't mean the film is an easy journey. The acting seems
a little wooden at times, and the production may have benefited
from more prudent editing.
the end of the day Sabu is a good film. There are better
examples of the genre out there, but this one certainly isn't
picture quality on the DVD itself is good. Low grain and the
colour is vibrant. Extra's on the disc include a making of
documentary, two interviews with Miike, an interview with
Fujiwara, plus biographies and trailers.
in all a good solid little package and it's nice to see a
good collection of extras.