Posted by psgels on 4 January 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


One thing that I’ve been noticing with Osamu Tezuka’s works is that whenever it’s adapted by someone else, the result turns out great, but when he directs a movie of his own work himself, the result turns out much less spectacular. Metropolis was awesome and Hi no Tori turned out brilliant, while Unico had a lot of potential, but its major villain made no sense at all. The Marine Express also had some great storytelling, but the plot-twist in the middle was just entirely ridiculous. The second Black Jack movie shows the same. While it’s level of quality is nowhere near that of Metropolis or Hi no Tori, it remains a very enjoyable movie.

Anyway, The Two Doctors of Darkness is basically the first thing I’ve seen from the Black Jack-franchise, which consists out of two movies, two tv-series (totalling a staggering amount of 78 episodes), an OVA and a tv-special. After watching it, I can understand why the premise caught on so much: it’s been a while since I saw an anime that toys so much with morals as this one. It’s really one of Osamu Tezuka’s many trademarks.

This movie looks at death at a totally different perspective compared to the usual. Black Jack is basically an incredibly talented surgeon, who can cure almost anything that’s curable with ease. And yet he doesn’t spend his days into a hospital like most other doctors and charges ridiculous fees for his clients. I like how, even though this isn’t the first Black Jack-movie, it does a fine job of introducing the viewer to the concept and main-characters, although I guess I need to watch the television-series for the development of the side-characters, which were just too bland and pointless, making me wonder why they were included in the movie in the first place.

It seems that the one who was given the task to direct this movie was Osamu Tezuka’s son, Makoto Tezuka. For the job, he did a very fine job, like expected of his father. The movie feels complete, it doesn’t drag on and it makes fair use of its ninety minutes. If there weren’t numerous surgical-scenes, I’d recommend this for the younger audiences to watch as well. The fact remains that Makoto does have a lot to learn. The major problem for this movie that it gets a bit too far-fetched at times, and there are a few convenient coincidences at times that spoil the mood that the movie has been building up for. Yet, while knowing nothing about the source-material, I can imagine how the guy could have done far worse than he’s shown now.

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  1. Jaime says:

    Hey, I just wanted to a)wonder if you’ve by any chance seen Honey & Clover (I’m thinking probably)and if so, what you thought of it and b) say awesome job blogging a variety of anime with thoughtful and unbiased entries. Keep up the incredible work.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 01:20 AM)
    @Mario: I notice you have Tinker tailor listed, I recently watched the night manager, a tv series based on a book by the same author. It was pretty suspenseful and Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddelston are great in it, makes me think Hiddelston should be the next Bond. Although its not as complex as tinker tailor and its more accessible, faster and spelled out.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 01:17 AM)
    @Bam: Going back to that Italian/French fairytale movie you and Mario talked about, anothe good fairytale-esque film is company of the wolves.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 01:16 AM)
    @Mario: I’ve never heard of Filho, now I have someone else filmography to explore!
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 01:15 AM)
    And I hate that lack of certainty come to think of it that I couldn’t be sure if I’d have found out something on my own.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 01:06 AM)
    It gets frustrating looking at local cinema listings and seeing nothing but superhero and pg rated horror films being the only ones showing and after waiting for anything ANYTHING outside those genres I find its never showing anywhere.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 12:38 AM)
    Either way it’s another marvel movie and I can safely say I have grown tired of them. I liked it for Spiderman and Ant man. Everything else…..meh.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 12:36 AM)
    Yeah, thanks dipshit on youtube. Just wanted to check the comment son a unrelated video and you go and shove that in my face. By the time I realized what it was, it was too late. I mean sure I likely would have figured it out myself but now I will never know for sure now will I? I MEAN WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 12:35 AM)
    So Civil War. Would have enjoyed it a lot more if it wasn’t for that goddamn editing during the fight scenes. I mean I want to watch the goddamn fight but you keep cutting all about the place and for some reason it feels like the footage is on fast forward. Also was spoiled regarding a twist at the end.
  • SuperMario
    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 04:09 PM)
    @Bam: just watched it and yes, I dig it. Quite a lot. Can’t wait to see his new film “Aquarius” (which from what I heard was cutting back from 6 hours raw material)
  • SuperMario
    (Tuesday, May 3. 2016 12:46 PM)
    @Bam: yeah, that sounds good. I will watch it and tell you how I think (hope my taste is not that weird ^^)

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