Le samouraï

Le samouraï

DVD - 2005 | French
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Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nighclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection ; Chicago, IL : Home Vision Entertainment [distributor], [2005]
Edition: Special édition
ISBN: 9780780030183
0780030184
Branch Call Number: FRENCH DVD SAMOURA
FRENCH DVD SAMOURA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (27 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.)
Language Note: In French with optional English subtitles

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VonHafenstaaad
Jan 21, 2018

Superb, visually beautiful and quite mesmerizing.

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 10, 2017

Similar to Chinatown, mostly comprehensible in the first sitting, and very rewarding in follow-up sittings. Yes, the plot is somewhat convoluted, but so is life. Instead of a canary in the coalmine, we have a canary in the apartment room. Comparisons have been made to "Gun for Hire" and films by John Woo and Johnnie To.

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petrarcko
Dec 04, 2017

For the two people who mention - This Gun For Hire!! For some reason your comments make me want to add that Le Samurai, in turn, had some influence on The French Connection!! The scenes in the subway made me think of that!!!
Moreover, this was a film noted by Tarantino afficionados!! I liked the film!! I found the plot a bit convoluted, especially toward the end. For Minneapolosians I saw it at Trylon. I think the print was off a bit!! Anxious to see, what I gather, would be the clean Criterion version!!
The woman of color who played the nightclub performer, who we learn has something to do with the goings on, was mesmerizing, dizzying!!!!!!

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MontMoroc
Jan 19, 2017

Great, great movie by Jean- Pierre Melville about a lone wolf hit man- played brilliantly by Alain Delon.

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princeofdarkness
Sep 23, 2016

When you go into a bar and order a martini, you don't want to get a glass, an olive, a bottle of gin and some vermouth. You want a martini. Melville has given us fine ingredients and fine drinks before - take Le deuxieme souffle, for instance. He didn't do it this time. No grit, no darkness, no tension or excitement...we did get a fine hitman and a sidekick - a bird, no less - a verbose police inspector with cars, gadgets and a lot of help, beautiful women, gangsters and a chic nightspot...but a film that ends with a limp rimshot. So long, I'm kind of thirsty.

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jimg2000
Jul 28, 2016

Look at the critics going gaga over this 1967 "color film in black & white:" 8.1/10 at IMDb, 4/4 at Roger Ebert and 100% at Rotten Tomatoes.
Indeed, it resembled a stylish Japanese Samurai action drama in the precision of the visuals and the tragic lone wolf assassin character played by the French heartthrob Alain Delon in his prime, with his beautiful wife Nathalie in supporting role. (The extra mentioned why the director chose the final ending scene instead of the alternate, interesting tidbit for film buffs.)

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akirakato
Dec 22, 2014

This is a 1967 French-Italian crime film directed by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville.
You will see Costello confront the pianist with his empty gun at the end of the film.
This is a big surprise, and you probably wonder why Costello does that.
And you will remember that at the beginning the following text appears on-screen:
There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle... Perhaps...
— Bushido (Book of the Samurai)
I think this is a shit of nonsense because I'm an enthusiastic martial arts advocate, but I've never heard of the the above saying.
Besides, it doesn't tell why Costello confronted the pianist with his empty gun.
It seemes to me that the film started with a bit of nonsense and ended up with a ton of nonsense.
I think, however, Alain Delon's performance is cool.

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pigweed
Mar 25, 2014

I agree with the post that mentions that is is much like This Gun for Hire (1942). I suggest that if you haven't seen the Alan Ladd film that you check out both of them and watch This Gun for Hire last.

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Janice21383
Oct 19, 2011

If you're a beginner with French New Wave, best to start here. There is more story and character, and less moody galoises smoking. May be "too cool for school", for some. And somewhat of a rip-off of This Gun For Hire.

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davidf89
Oct 04, 2011

very cool and stylish film, one could compare it to Collateral but this is better made and more abstract and imaginative (in my opinion) than the aforementioned Collateral.

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jimg2000
Jul 28, 2016

Subway chase with the cutting edge net of GaAs transmitter-wielding cops at that time:
I want flawless surveillance this time. You're in charge of surface vehicles. You cover the metro. I'll give you 50 men and 20 auxiliaries. You'll all wear a gallium arsenide transmitter.
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You in trouble? Because of me?
--I've never been in trouble because of you.

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jimg2000
Jul 28, 2016

akirakato commented that this quote at the start of the film did not exist in Book of Bushido but Melville's own:
“There is no greater solitude than that of the samurai unless it is that of the tiger in the jungle… Perhaps…”
http://yourwarriorsedge.com/warrior-wisdom/solitude-is-the-warriors-friend/
It might have been fictional but sounded true: Warriors don’t fear or shun solitude, but rather befriend it. Knowing their chosen path often leads to hardships and even death, the warrior understands few will make the choice and therefore it will often be necessary to go it alone. And the warrior also knows that even with others, those who don’t follow the warrior’s path, he or she may be in solitude though in a crowd.

At times, warriors seek out solitude to hone their skills through meditation, exercise, and training. Other times, solitude is forced upon them due to the path they follow. Regardless, like the tiger in the jungle, the warrior treats solitude as a friend.

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