Liralen Li (liralen) wrote,
Liralen Li


incandescens gave me, last Christmas, a copy of Onmyoji. Seven months later I finally get to see it all. It is, in a word, delicious. Japanese sorcery and martial arts, the history of legend, and very interesting characters that highlight each other quite well. Lovely, lovely cinematography. The fight sequences were less than the specticals that are possible today, but given that the whole movie was more low key about the direct fighting, it fit. And the story fired all of my likes. Magic seated in the deepest of human needs. Power born and earned with an ironic view towards reality. Interesting people and a love triangle that never resolves.

I especially liked the continuation of what I know is a Japanese legend, that if one eats the flesh of a mermaid, one can get eternal, unchanging life. I've always like that that was treated more as a curse than as a blessing. There's a manga about that theme, set in the modern day.

I loved the costumes, the flute, the motion of the actors, the over-the-top cackling of the Bad Guy who was obviously born to be just plain Bad. I loved the ambiguity of Seimei's "goodness", and the earnestness of one only really good guy in the story. I really enjoy how it hangs as the first of what really should be a series of movies, and which I believe is a series of Japanese novels. Now, though, I want the books. Not just translated, but written within the vein of how these particular characters interact. I know that an Onmyoji 2 is out, and it's already sub-scripted. I may have to just buy it.

Thank you, incandescens!

  • The Grief is Real

    Lately, I've been feeling like I've been run over by a truck, but got away with it. Bruised, battered, aching all over, but I'm alive, and I'm whole…

  • I've Been Binge Watching

    I've been binge watching The King's Avatar on Netflix. It's based on Chinese graphic novels which, in turn, I believe, were based on serial novels,…

  • Might As Well Start as I Intend To Go

    It has been really nice having Jet back in the house, even though I tend to revert back to old behaviors and patterns when he's around. I want to…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.