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Japan's one and only crazy biker flick!
Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
18 April 2007
"Crazy Thunder Road" is quite a rarity for avid cult-cinema purchasers
to come across! Sogo Ishii directed it (easily one of the influential
Asian directors of the previous century) and, if I'm not mistaken, it's
the ONLY Japanese film revolving on crazy bikers and violent gang wars.
The basic premise of this film is extremely reminiscent to Walter
Hill's classic "The Warriors", but the elaboration is in Ishii's very
own personalized style, meaning an overload of hectic camera-work and
editing, loads of boisterous punk music and demented characters that
could have come straight out of a comic book franchise. When the leader
of the once-notorious biker gang of Tokyo falls in love with a barmaid
and quickly loses his rebellious ideals, the rest of the gang feels
betrayed. Especially the reputedly troubled kid Ken revolts against his
former friend and encourages the other members to join him in forming
an entirely new and much "meaner" gang. The hostile attitude of the new
gang causes the other gangs to declare war, and since Ken nearly isn't
powerful enough to defend himself against the others, he needs to
revert to the old leader for help. "Crazy Thunder Road" is a bizarrely
compelling film with a lot of action and a unique atmosphere. Even more
than his leather jacket-wearing biker characters, Sogo Ishii
shamelessly revolts against society by depicting the big city suburbs
as manic & ominous places where only scum lives. The film is incredibly
fast-paced and chaotic; so don't be surprised when sometimes the
continuity isn't perfect or major plot holes appear in the storyline.
At one point, an executed gang member even comes back to life and joins
his pals again. Especially bearing in mind "Crazy Thunder Road" was the
graduation film-school project of 20-year-old student, it's an
impressive effort to say the least.
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