quote: "Owl's Castle" saturates the white screen with rich color. The hues so intense, you can almost taste them. The feel of the motion across the screen suggests some medium other than film. Though, I have no inside information on this, I suspect many of the sequences where partially or entirely filmed on high quality digital tape. This is not at all a criticism. Digital cinema is more or less inevitable, film stock being so expensive to purchase, duplicate and distribute.
Unfortunately, the feel color and texture of the picture, where perhaps it's most redeeming qualities. The plot...a group of Ninja watch their town get destroyed and ten years later seek revenge, is complicated a bit by politics.
Interestingly, Shinoda brings a kind of 1970's American-Western feel to the film with it's staleness and Japanese traditional music punctuated with a 20th century classical score. The beginning is enticing and the climax nearly wonderful. I enjoyed the idea of the heartless Ninja, so committed mission that he's lost a sense of himself and cannot even love.
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