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Notwehr (2017)

Zhui bu (original title)
Accused of heinous crimes he didn't commit, a prosecutor sets out on a mission to clear his name.

Director:

John Woo

Writers:

Jukô Nishimura (book), John Woo

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hanyu Zhang ... Du Qiu
Masaharu Fukuyama ... Yamura
Stephy Qi ... (as Wei Qi)
Ji-won Ha ... Rain
Jun Kunimura ... Yoshihiro Sakai
Angeles Woo ... Dawn
Naoto Takenaka ... Mamoru Ito
Yasuaki Kurata ... Hideo Sakaguchi
Takumi Saitoh ... Kidnapper (as Takumi Saitô)
Nanami Sakuraba ... Rika Hyakuta
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi ... Hiroshi Sakai
Tao Okamoto ... Kiko Tanaka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Niclas Ericsson ... Aether Fund Rep
Kohji Katoh ... Yakuza
Yusuke Kitaguchi ... Detective
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Storyline

Accused of heinous crimes he didn't commit, a prosecutor sets out on a mission to clear his name.

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Genres:

Action | Thriller

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese | English

Release Date:

4 May 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Notwehr See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS-X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[Director Trademark] white birds flying in slow motion. See more »

Quotes

Yamura: [handing Du Qiu a gun] It's your turn.
Du Qiu: [pointing to his handcuffed right hand] I can't. I'm right-handed.
Yamura: Today, you're left-handed.
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Excellent cinematography, good choreography, OK story, amateur acting, disappointing directing and cheesy screenplay
17 February 2018 | by Harrison Tweed (Top Dawg)See all my reviews

What stood out for me in this film was the excellent cinematography by Takuro Ishizaka, and the main reason I scored this film as high as I did.

Next plus was the good choreography for the action scenes, especially the last 20 mins of the film.

The story itself (although we've seen it before) wasn't bad, but wasn't written well into a screenplay. Although the pace wasn't slow, the 106 min length felt longer with the long dragged out scenes and cheesy prolonged slow-mo parts. This film needed to be edited down to a max 80 mins.

Most of the subtitles didn't make any sense, but I'm guessing some 3rd party translator messed those up, so I wont consider that in my rating, but it did make the sub-par acting from most of the cast look very amateurish, as I didn't get to fully immerse myself in each character.

Then there's John Woo's directing, which at times felt like it was his early amateur work, and at other times felt like some grade 8 drama student put it together. He failed to direct his actors properly, as some performed certain scenes so badly, the director should have called a re-shoot. Clearly not his best work in the directing, writing and editing departments.

Throughout the entire film, I had already decided to give this film a 4 or 5/10, but the last 20 mins of fast paced action, plot twists and good choreography redeemed the score to a slightly better 6/10. Had the writing been tighter with less 'cheese', it could have been a 7 or 8/10


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