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Briefly told: a foot soldier in a very minor, poor Yakuza family runs slightly amuck, protecting the family's boss who has gone crossways with the powers that be. The soldier (played by Yakuza and V-film legend Riki Takeuchi) is nicknamed "Sinji the ripper" and with good reason. Now, both sides are out to destroy this tiny triad. What no one can anticipate, though, is the loyalty and love that bind this tiny family together.
Takashi Miike is an astounding filmmaker. This film has a lonely, abandoned feeling about it - a sad tone - that Miike produces simply with shot composition, lighting, and editing. There is a particular sequence (when Yoshi, the youngest member of the family, goes to meet his girlfriend and must confront apposing gang members alone) that creates a near overwhelming feeling of pathetic doom.
Perhaps Miike is something very rare - a kind of freak, maybe. Like the child that can play a piano at two, or a kid from the cornfields that can swat homers while still in kindergarten; that is to say, a natural.
His work seems effortlessly original. -Mykal Banta
Muto is a humble man, yet, because of the honor of the clan, and due to the fact he has no money to contribute, he tells the other brothers of his clan that he will make a hit on a middle yakuza of the opposing clan known as the Tendo family, which made the hit on them. However, Seiji, who is also known as 'Sinji the Ripper' wants to do this for the boss--even though he has already been in jail for a long time for another transgression. However, the leader Muto tells him that he will do the hit, as it is not right for Seiji to go back to jail again. Yet something happens, which changes things for this poor yakuza clan.Read more ›
Despite the colorful title there's nothing excessively bizarre going on like in some other Miike films. That said, there are a few moments that did stick out for that unique Miike touch: the Date Family bosses are having a meeting and the one boss (Kazuya Nakayama from DETECTIVE STORY) doesn't move at all for a 100 seconds! He just sits there completely motionless, like he's frozen. Another clever bit was when a yakuza guy goes to eat with his girlfriend. They're sitting outside under a umbrella and rain (a lot of rain) splashes up on the camera lens, then some dramatic stuff starts happening and suddenly the action is being filmed from a camera shooting the action on a TV monitor!!! At one moment it even shows the plastic surrounding the screen! I don't think I've ever seen that before: a camera recording a TV displaying the movie we're currently watching and the original camera lens is covered in rain. Absolutely brilliant.
Amazing cast, quick pace, brilliant editing, a Miike cameo(?Read more ›
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A great Yakuza movie with a bunch of action and a good story. This was a movie that I wished was longer since I didn't want it to end. Seiji(Riki) is what cool is meant to be.Published on February 27, 2012 by Norrin Radd
This is why I love Miike and he's by far my favorite Japanese film maker, actually one of my favorite film makers of all time. Read morePublished on September 3, 2011 by N. Baker
If you're a fan of gangster films this DVD deserves a spot in your collection. It helps if you understand a bit of Japanese culture and that's not a must. Highly recommended.Published on January 29, 2009 by J. Lint
This film creates mood and tone and it's a surprising thing - -- not that Miike hasn't suggested it before, but the subject here is the mood. Read morePublished on January 15, 2008 by John P. Marsh
The movies I have seen from Tikeshi Miike are Gozu, Izo, and then Deadly Outlaw was the only one that I liked. After seeing the cover for this I decided to give it a try. Read morePublished on October 18, 2006 by morgoth