To the Barricades! 

For the SF International Film Fest, raising a little leftist hell goes with the turf.

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The festival is wise to continue its "Midnight Movies" event of cultish items for outré hipsters at the Kabuki -- it keeps things from getting too stodgy. The superhumanly prolific Japanese splatter-and-tits honcho Miike Takashi is represented by Three ... Extremes, a trilogy with fellow Asian shockmeisters Fruit Chan and Park Chan-Wook, and also with his 2004 release, Izo. The latter tells the tender tale of one Izo Okada, a samurai from the Tokugawa Shogunate era who is doomed to magically travel the space-time continuum forever, carving all comers with his sword. The bodies pile up and Izo marches on, just like the Energizer Bunny. He never dies. We first meet Izo as he is being crucified, and sadistic guards are thrusting lances into one side of his body and out the other, slowly. Things go downhill from there for our plucky but taciturn hero. Izo looks suspiciously like Kill Bill. Or is it the other way around? See you at the festival and we'll discuss it.

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