Shinjuku Triad Society
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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.
Interview With Director
Interview With Editor
Full Length Commentary By Tom Mes, Acclaimed Writer On Japanese Cinema
Biographies & Filmographies
RUNNING TIME 102 MINS APPROX
ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN PRESENTATION
OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Not a new plot at all of a bond between brother-detective and a brother-surgeon-turned-body-parts-merchant has been presented with a twist as a handsome knife-obsessed young Chinese man bored with his master-a mafia ringleader milks the bonks around.
Surely, movie-makers know their country better.
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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... Read morePublished on July 24, 2006 by Wux Iapan
Having seen Audition, Ichi the Killer, and his short horror film on 3 Extremes, I was all ready for some more raw and violent storytellng. I wasn't dissappointed. Read morePublished on April 23, 2006 by Christophe P. Hartman