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Rainy Dog (2004)

Takashi Miike  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arts Magic
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002LJU80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The second film in Takashi Miike’s ‘Black Society Trilogy’ continues the theme of alienation, as an outcast yakuza Yuji, lives as a hit man on the fringes of the Taiwanese criminal world.

When Yuji is unexpectedly saddled with what may be his real son, a sense of responsibility is born in him as he uses his lethal skills to find some sort of haven for his newly found family.

In this lean and mean movie, full of twists, shocks and violent death, Miike finds a glimmer of hope in the need for all of us to care for something.

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Full Length Commentary By Tom Mes, Acclaimed Writer On Japanese Cinema
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Paced And Atmospheric Yakuza Film: A Masterpiece! October 18, 2007
This review for "Rainy Dog," refers to the region 4 import. Hopefully this latest version of the film is of better quality. This is a Masterpiece of a film. Moreover, it is one of those mobster films where the realistic portrayal of the actors and the cinematography give the viewer a vivid and more realistic portrayal of the world of criminals. The cameras visuals of the rain drenched streets, grimy alleys, run down hotel rooms, dark alleys, and menacing hallways give off a gritty realism that you are actually experiencing the streets of Taipei, which is where the film takes place. ALL of the actors make this film a standout. Furthermore, the near continuous rainfall in the film almost give the viewer the feeling that they are actually in the film. You can also feel the sense of dread and fear in the characters as they all give riveting performances.

This is a true Masterpiece of a film. Most of the films I have seen dealing with the criminal underworld are usually set in a nice environment. Everything looks too clean. Not with this film. There are not the usual beautiful women in bikinis and crime bosses smoking cigars on their yachts. None of that silly and stylized type of film we are all too familiar with. No, this film deals with reality: At least as close as one can come to the reality of this dark world of killers. The film is drenched with an atmosphere of hate, betrayal, backstabbing, deceit, and sweat. And done so in a way that make the viewer believe that they are watching a documentary. It's almost as if the viewer is following an event in real time as the criminal world is being exposed. The films narrative centers on one killer in particular. His name is Yuuji (Sho Aikawa). And for Yuuji, being a killer is all he knows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainy Dog a fantastic movie June 12, 2005
A fine articulate good movie about mobsters and horror you will ever see ever see The story is that Yuji carries out his business - shooting a mobster from a rival gang as he eats dinner with his family. After receiving his fee, he takes home a comely young hooker named Lily (Chen Xianmei). While they are getting to know one another, the boy sleeps on a piece of cardboard in the rain, snuggling up to a stray dog. Amused at the kid's tenacity, Yuji eventually throws the boy a towel. Later, Yuji stumbles upon a briefcase full of money while taking out a rival godfather. With the cash in hand, he plots to take Lily and the boy someplace better. In the meantime, the trio flees to an isolated beach in central Taiwan, hoping to escape the bloodthirsty gangster on their tail. Has sfantastic shot outs and one of the best horror movies I seen 5 stars exumondo ,fantastic a grand movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual Miike...but great September 20, 2004
Atypical for Takashi Miike, this film, whose main character is a lone yakuza--and is thus a crime drama--eschews ferocious, nasty violence and instead focuses on the emotional elements of loss and abandonment. Exiled to Taiwan for a major screwup, Yuji finds almost ceaseless rain in Taipei where he works for a local crime boss as a hitman.

But even with his exile, his screwup is not forgiven. The Japanese boss has sent one of his thugs to Taipei to gun for Yuji; the thug lives on a rooftop and finds pleasure urinating from a great height. As well as the Japanese gunsel in his life, Yuji has a supposed son, a young boy of 7 or 8, foisted on him by a woman he barely remembers sleeping with, then finds a prostitute to accompany him in his aimless day-to-day existence.

Yuji is completely faithful to his Taipei boss, flawlessly in fact, and assassinates the brother of a lawyer whose vengeance knows no bounds. This sets in motion a tragic cycle of events that, while fraught with violence, still manages to convey, more than anything else, a deep sadness in a life wasted on taking other lives.

This is a great film, a unique one for Miike, and the DVD has a terrific special feature included--two separate interviews with Miike taped at different times. This gives the viewer some real insight into the mind of one of Japan's most interesting contemporary filmmakers.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Bad Things Happen When It Rains' July 9, 2012
This is from legendary and thankfully very prolific Japanese born film maker Takashi Miike and was part of his Triad trilogy which also included `Shinjuku Triad Society' and `Ley Lines'. This one tells the story of a down at heels Yakuza who has found himself stranded in Taiwan having been abandoned by his `Big Brother' and hence is now `persona non grata' back at home. Yuuji (Sho Ikawa - `Gozy' and `Dead or Alive') lives in a shanty hovel and has to make ends meet by doing bargain hit man jobs for a local Triad crime boss Mr Kes who is about as likable as a dose of the clap. He is also being continually promised that he will get a forged passport so he can get out of the hole he has found himself in, but this is used as a carrot to keep him working.

Then a woman turns up and dumps a mute boy on his door step saying that this is your father, she has puit up with him long enough and now the father can deal with it. Yuuji in unmoved and unconcerned as he can not even remember the woman's name. As he has another job to do the kid starts to tag along. As Yuuji has a fear of doing jobs in the rain he ends up waiting out the storm in a brothel where he makes a connection with one of the pros. His next job then presents him with an opportunity to change everything.

This is one of the more paced of Miike's films, it does have some gangster violence but instead dwells much more on the inter play between the main three characters and the almost familial bond that is allowed to burgeon. It has a poetic quality that is set against a plot so bleak that it is almost Dickensian, the boy is particularly good at carrying out a role with absolutely no dialogue yet you get to understand him perfectly.
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