Asura is one of the lowest states of rebirth in Buddhism; an existence of violence and force. It’s also the name of a Manga banned for most of its run for its graphic depiction of violence and cannibalism. It’s now been adapted into a fantastic movie.
The movie is set in 15th century Japan, and famine, drought and hardships are the setting for this story. It gets to a very strong start with a very malnourished and dehydrated pregnant woman giving birth in an old temple then resorting to cannibalism to survive and then trying to eat her own baby before realizing what she’s about to do and running away, leaving the baby there to fend for itself. Not one for the kids. Continue reading Asura Review