Martin Scorsese’s latest work, 「Killers of the Flower Moon,」 is not just a movie.

HIDEYO
6 min readOct 23, 2023

The winds of Oklahoma blow through the plains, and beneath that land, a black liquid is hidden.

The Osage tribe lived owning nothing. They lived modestly, according to tradition, and believed in God. That’s how they had always lived.

Then, in the 1920s, the discovery of oil changed the fate of the Osage tribe overnight.

Oil gushed from their villages. They quickly realized the power, wealth, and fame that this fortune brought, and they rejoiced at the sight of the gushing oil.

However, that wealth marked the beginning of their catastrophe.

Martin Scorsese’s latest work, 「Killers of the Flower Moon,」 is not just a movie.

It is a story of truth.

It vividly depicts the tragic history of the Native Americans, the battles over the oil they possessed, and the intertwining human emotions.

In this article, we delve into the truth behind the story and the skills of director Martin Scorsese who shot the film.

Note: The following contains significant spoilers for 「Killers of the Flower Moon.」

If you haven’t seen the movie yet or want to avoid spoilers, please watch the movie before reading this article. If you’re okay with knowing the spoilers, please continue.

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Director Martin Scorsese’s works consistently seem to explore the theme of 「immorality.」

This theme is vividly depicted through the actions, choices, and underlying motivations and backgrounds of characters in his films.

In 「Goodfellas」 and 「The Wolf of Wall Street」 the protagonists are people from society’s underbelly, such as gangsters and swindlers.

At first glance, these characters often take actions that are deemed immoral and are condemned by many.

However, behind their actions lie societal contradictions, inequalities, and human desires and fears.

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HIDEYO

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