June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »
In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe of Bukuro crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo. The war begins.
This is a difficult film to describe. On the face of it, a story of a provincial thug, hired by a loan shark to retrieve money owed by a defaulter in Moscow. Told to kill the man if he does not pay, he makes the mistake of giving him time to pay, with a tragic result. Meantime, he has formed a relationship, of sorts, with a 16 year old homeless girl who discards him when his usefulness is over. A grim story played out against the backdrop of Moscow's underclasses.
What makes the film interesting is the way the director is able to make you care about generally un-sympathetic characters; the surreal timeline and environment; and the staggeringly good soundtrack by Mongol Shuudan.
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