Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Shinjuku Incident

I heard that this was a good movie and so I went to watch it. It is indeed a good movie because I cannot stop thinking about the various parts of the movie and the messages I read in flashes throughout. From the dehumanised roles of the illegal immigrants to the extreme violence of the gang disputes and clashes to the relationships between the bad guys, the good guy and the bad guy and the good guy and the good guy turned bad, thoughts just passed through my mind in waves.

The key message is that crime does not pay but there were also others - There is no fate worse than that of being stateless, homeless and despised in a foreign land; No matter how magnimous one's actions may be, there is always a selfish reason at the bottom of it. Never trust subordinates to run the show according to your wishes while you become a sleeping boss because 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely'. There is so much we all take for granted in our lives - material comforts, family, peace. The only thing we should not take for granted is that we will never lose them.

This is a very thought-provoking movie. It can be depressing and it can be nauseating in parts. Then again, movies like this make us think about what we are blessed with and how we should treasure them.

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