Cut

By MITCH LILLIE
[TWO NIGHTS ONLY] Shuji (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is a highly pretentious cinephile who shouts abuse on the street directed toward the mainstream movie industry. His brutal way of repaying his dead brother’s massive debt to the yakuza—the Japanese mafia—is to begin selling punches to his stomach in the yakuza’s bar and gambling den. He finds quick friends in bartender Yoko (Takako Tokiwa) and old barfly Hiroshi (Takashi Sasano), but the interpersonal development lies somewhere near nil. Shuji’s not the only one with imposing ideas about cinema. It seems director Amir Naderi just wanted the world to know his choices for the top 100 films of all time, a list of which is, in all seriousness, included in the film. For recommendations of the best films (Citizen Kane is Naderi’s favorite) or repeated sequences of a man getting bloodied, Cut might be worth watching. For more complex characters and a believable storyline, even the biggest-budgeted film does better than Cut.
 

Special Note

NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 9 pm Saturday and 7 pm Sunday, Dec. 8-9
 
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  • Release Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • Critic's Score: C-
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