SKY HIGH. 2003

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura & Norio Tsuruta

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

The cast is pretty to look at, but none of them can act, so no character's fate is of any interest. Based on a manga comic book story, it opens as a modern crime tale with serial killer & his evil henchwoman, then turns ghostly for a supernatural thriller, then climaxes as heroic fantasy showing pretty girls with swords.

The elements are all very awkwardly tacked together, & it ends up looking like a cartoon effort to sell a film as ten different genres all at once, doing none of them with any credibility.

There's a ghost standing around a lot, but that's mainly all she does. There's a lot of swordplay passing for a climax, by performers who never studied martial arts, so just dash around wacking at each other moronically, then try to take a cool posture & hold it for the tableau. They seem not to have had dance lessons either, so have trouble getting into posture.

There's a door to hell but when it opens one sees only a fakey giant eyeball & glittery shimmeries, apparently it's the doorway to a part of hell where sinners are bored for eternity. The story makes ordinary stupidity look smart & the sole "mystery," never solved, is how does someone not die immediately if you rip out their heart.

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