MW (Film) from Osamu Tesuka

Osamu Tesuka is the father of Astroboy and the God of Manga; MW was one of his works, and I watched the recent film adaptation of it. It’s a kind of action-thriller, but unfortunately relies on character conflict between the sociopathic Yuki, and the utterly passive Garai. Neither of them are easy to identify with, and as Yuki slays his way through more sympathetic characters using outlandish means, I couldn’t help but disconnect from the film. Like many Japanese productions, MW relies on emotional punches rather than clever ideas, unexpected plot twists, or atmosphere, and these revolve around idolising a detestable character who runs rings around naive and quixotic opponents.

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