Samurai Spy

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Year Released: 1965
Rating: 0.5

I have to come clean: I don't care about this movie. I don't care about its excessive dialogue, its obnoxiously overcomplicated plotting or its action scenes. I've never been big on the few pictures I've seen by Shinoda, whose sense of composition appears to overwhelm every other aspect of his movies. He cares more about sets and framing than creating characters worth taking time to identify with in any way whatsoever, and all this amounted to was me watching crisp black and white imagery for 100 minutes. That very same sentiment also applies to Pale Flower and Double Suicide.