1. Pool of London - 7.6
2. Chiyari Fuji - 7ish
Saw Pool of London a few years ago, and quite liked it.
Juts finished Chiyari Fuji, and have to admit it's not for me. Embarrassingly, I got confused with the multiple characters, so some storylines took a while for me to catch on to because I couldn't figure out who was who. I think if I had a better understanding of feudal Japan I would have enjoyed this more. I also couldn't tell if this film wanted to be a heart-rending drama or a side-splitting comedy.
But the father who sold his daughter (to what I assume is a brothel) for 30 pieces, only to then slave away in a mine to buy her back... why not just work in the mine in the first place? I'm sure there's something obvious I'm missing that will show my ignorance. And the final fight seen was so laughable, I didn't feel the tension or the high stakes that the music was trying to impose upon the audience.
What affected me the most was the portrayal of the servitude of the common people to the rich. It seems outlandish from a Western and individualistic perspective, but I realize it's fairly accurate. It boils my blood to know that this mentality has persisted to the present day, and this blind obedience and trust to authority has had tragic consequences.
A girl from the student organization I was part of was raped and murdered because she was brought up to be trusting of everyone, and thus didn't have the instinct to even suspect that someone may do her wrong. It was absolutely heart-breaking once all the details came out, because (in my perhaps naive opinion) it could have been so easily avoided.