Norifumi Suzuki’s narrative is not only a pleasing narrative full of betrayal, cat-fights between clans, rape, extortion, and acts of revenge, but also a powerful critique against the inherent perversity of hierarchical society.
“Sakaguchi reveals that what truly stirs the imagination of the spectator is not shining special effects, but true skill and physicality of the actor’s presence.”
“A more satisfying experience than most western super-hero narratives”.
“Takashi Miike’s latest beautifully underlines that the only kind of violence worthy of humanity is a violence born out of love.”
“Kensuke Sonomura’s entertaining action-noir narrative does convince us of the fact that he, if given a bigger budget and better technical equipment, could make cinematographical products far more entertaining and far more gripping.”
“Not only the most important movie made by Obayashi but also the most important Japanese movie of the last decade.”
“A pure unadulterated mix of quirky comedy and crazy swashbuckling action”.
“A very amusing action-narrative (that) offers really exciting action-sequences and some great world-building. “
“Kan Eguchi succeeds in composing an action-narrative that, by hitting all the necessary beats, ensures the spectator’s enjoyment.”
“Hentai Kamen is not for everyone – one could easily be turned off by the overacting or over-the-top silliness, but anyone who craves a taste of Japanese goofiness will get a three-star meal on a platter.”