Captain Aktion wrote:LSD Jellyfish wrote:The ass shot is pretty much the height of it, serving absolutely zero purpose.
I've got a really good feeling I know why most people get...perturbed about that scene. But I'll refrain from saying.
Now, while I admit it's up for debate about how necessary the scene is, it does serve some narrative purpose. It clearly is set up to show that Yuki is a self-sufficient survivalist who's been "in the trees" for so long that he's either lost or just doesn't care about basic decorum, like covering his ass in front of people, and that these guys are totally contemptible to him. The immediate shot after or before, if I recall correctly, has the other two guys looking at him with a mix of frustration and bewilderment. It reinforces the differences between the three of them and it lays out that not only does Yuki not give a damn if "his ass is hanging out" but that he probably even gets a little kick out of provocation and sticking it to the "squares". The fact that the other two soldiers mean so little to him that basic things that we take for granted, like not sticking your ass out, are meaningless to him says something.
I get that an ass shot of a dude in the shower isn't necessarily something that belongs in a Godzilla film and I'd say that the naked breasts of a corpse aren't very couth either but I think the consternation over the butt-shot comes from somewhere other than quality or purpose. I mean, all the "yuck"s and "eww"s as form of critique say so.
Either way, that shot DID say more to me about the character than anything in Miki's entire plot said about her.
That moment when you hear that a literal 'ass-shot' has ACTUALLY meaning and it is so important to a character.
Props, no jokes or anything. That's an actual interesting way to see how a character is and truly helps cement that.
Makes sense since in the movie, Yuki aside from being resentful and vengative because of what happened to his friend (or was it brother? I can't remember exactly since I haven't seen the movie in quite awhile...) many years back, he is also a survivor from the way he was in that island by himself and if his words about Little G being 'fond of me' that implies that he has been there for quite some time.