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Shinjuku Triad Society (2004)

Takashi Miike  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arts Magic
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002LJU7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The first film in Takashi Miike’s ‘Black Society Trilogy’ portrays a world of alienation that finds its expression in rape and murder.

In this twilight world, where gangster and law enforcer attract and repel each other in waves of violence, Tatsuhito, a dirty cop pursues the gay Chinese warlord, Wang, through the night world of Shinjuku and over to Taiwan.

Shinjuku Triad Society is a shocking investigation of a dehumanized society, in which Tatsuhito fights to obtain a glimpse of salvation.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Interview With Director
Interview With Editor
Full Length Commentary By Tom Mes, Acclaimed Writer On Japanese Cinema
Sleeve Artwork
Trailer
Biographies & Filmographies
Scene Selection

RUNNING TIME 102 MINS APPROX
ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION
NTSC
DVD-9
REGION 1
JAPANESE LANGUAGE
OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grit personified. May 12, 2006
By Shaun
Format:DVD
The scene is a rather familiar mixture of police versus yakuza, but shot at street level, with a gritty lens. It essentially begins with the murder of a police informer, who's found dismembered, lying in the street. The scene is a frenzied one, with passers-by horning in on the crime scene, investigators combing the crown for someone who can translate a witness's statements, and beat cops who pose for candid photos with the severed head! The entire film spans mostly Taiwanese & Japanese locales, Triad & Yakuza territories, and a multitude of dialects surrounding the Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese gangsters. In fact, the language barriers (or more precisely, the languages themselves) are nearly characters in and of themselves. Even the police get wrapped up by it.

After a violent and multi-faceted beginning, the film becomes clearer; the Chinese-born Kiriya is a Japanese cop who becomes obsessed with saving his younger brother's future as a lawyer, while Yoshihito (the younger brother) has agreed to help in an "illegal" underground organ harvesting program the Yakuza and Triads have been conducting. The Chinese police know about it, but they consider two willing parties as a legit deal, 'Who has been wronged?', they say. Kiriya is sent to China to investigate the organ-harvesting case, but uses most of the time to investigate Wang, the head of a syndicate, who has employed Yoshihito as council/intermediary.

The film definitely has a gritty, 1980's feel to it, and catches the far east gangster scene at the height of it's power and brutality. Nobody is safe, noone is untouchable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, just perfect July 24, 2006
Format:DVD
In the last years I tried to get into the nasty yakuza movie genre where a lot of blood is flowing, a lot of coldness, depravity and stuff is going hand-in-hand with themes of loyality, friendship and stuff. What I mostly like about them is the sick tone they have. It's different from western movies, the setting, the actors... maybe it took me so long to fully get into the genre, but I prefer to think of this film as just being totally superb. I liked Dead or alive, but didn't love it. I had to watch GRAVEYARD OF HONOR twice to get the plot (it's literally jumping forth and back in time), with both movies I wasn't really connected, the guy in GRAVEYARD OF HONOR is an allegorical figure, the personification of japan, it's system etc. that I don't really know. So it was like watching the complete, bloody downfall of a complete, bloody maniac that can only express emotions through rape and violence. I was cringing a lot about how the guy functions, destroying people who want to help him, this was the only emotional level to experience.

In this film, you have less coldbloodness and less depravity than with Dead Or Alive or Graveyard. But I followed this movie with every second. It's brilliantly shot, the pictures and pace is leading you throught this journey very smoothly. It also contains a lot of blood and violence and even some raping and sexual abusing, but it's ultimatly clear that Miike cares for the people in this film, they're not only fudder for sadistic jokes like with most Tarantino movies. It even has unfunnny funny moments: the cop is about to rape a prostitute for answers, and she says "But SM is more expensive!". She's the only female victim and she's surprisingly "funny".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shinjuku Triad Society is fantastic July 3, 2005
Format:DVD
So what's it about? Well, things begin at a rather quick pace, kind of like a predecessor to Dead or Alive's infamously manic prologue. Dead bodies litter the streets of Shinjuku, remnants of a powerful yakuza clan. The Shinjuku police swarm around, investigating the crime. One artistic fine film that every one should see.
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This is a film from `controversial' director Takashi Miike. He is known for his prolific output a sort of quantity over quality, but that is way too simplistic. He has a message and he wants us to get it - without any subtlety what so ever.

This film kicks off with a gangland massacre, some very grubby felatio, and badly dubbed fighting. The basic tale is that a Triad gang `the Dragons Nail', are trying to muscle in on the Yakuza territory and are not bothered about who they have to get out of their way.

Add to this the cop who is trying to stop them and his younger brother - a lawyer who is working for them, and you have quite a potential concoction of things going very bad indeed. They are involved in all sorts of crime, including gay prostitution, drugs, money laundering and human organ sales. This is no black and white, good versus bad as even the cops are very unlikeable. They use any means to get what they want too, thus blurring the lines and confusing as to who you should be caring for.

There are some great moments; we have a serial flasher, a cop that looks like Ronnie Corbett who specialises in torture and uninvited man on man action. A street tramp called `Lonely Jelly' and a cute lovable, but exploited rent boy, who has a penchant for knives and using them on cops.

The picture quality is lacking in places, and the sub titles are often crowded with the original ones not completely removed, but this is a rather good film and I did enjoy it. The action keeps you hooked and the thorough ruthless and nasty characters are somehow fascinating. If you are new to Miike this is a good place to start as any - recommended.
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