MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,397 this week

The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994)
"Waga jinsei saiaku no toki" (original title)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 280 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 14 user | 12 critic | 8 from Metacritic.com

Maiku Hama is a private detective working in Yokohama. Hama comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter named Yang and agrees to track down his missing brother. Through a series of ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 50 titles
created 04 May 2011
 
a list of 158 titles
created 21 Feb 2013
 
a list of 3710 titles
created 15 Oct 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 10 Jan 2014
 
a list of 684 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994)

The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Most Terrible Time in My Life.
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young boy gets jolted with electricity as he's climbing a tall cable pylon. As he gets older, he experiences intense fits of violence in which bolts of electricity burt from his fists. ... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii
Stars: Yoshiki Arizono, Tadanobu Asano, Masakatsu Funaki
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Pinocchio 964, lobotomised cyborg sex slave, is thrown out onto the street by his owners because of his inability to maintain an erection. He is befriended by a criminally insane, ... See full summary »

Director: Shozin Fukui
Stars: Haji Suzuki, Onn-chan, Kôji Ôtsubo
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Sequel to "Tetsuo" this time has the Iron Man transforming into cyberkinetic gun when a gang of vicious skinheads kidnap his son. When the skinheads capture him, they begin to experiment on... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Tomorowo Taguchi, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Nobu Kanaoka
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Kyôka Suzuki, Nene Ohtsuka
Vital (2004)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a tragic car accident where his girlfriend Ryôko Ooyama (Nami Tsukamoto) died, Hiroshi Takagi (Tadanobu Asano) suffers amnesia with his memories completely blanked. When he sees a ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nami Tsukamoto, Kiki
Pistol Opera (2001)
Crime | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The No. 3 assassin of Japan is given the chance to usurp No. 1 and take their place.

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Stars: Makiko Esumi, Sayoko Yamaguchi, Hanae Kan
Rampo (1994)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts... See full summary »

Directors: Rintaro Mayuzumi, Kazuyoshi Okuyama
Stars: Naoto Takenaka, Michiko Hada, Masahiro Motoki
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three people in Tokyo take a surreal voyage of self-discovery through memory and nightmares. "O" intends suicide while talking on a cell-phone with a stranger he meets on line who plans a ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Hitomi, Masanobu Andô
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Losing his son Tom in a hit and run triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. When the driver who killed Tom reappears, Anthony mutates into a mass of metal - a human weapon fuelled by an uncontrollable rage.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Eric Bossick, Akiko Monô, Yûko Nakamura
Angel Dust (1994)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Every Monday at 6 pm a young woman is murdered in the subway. The psychiatrist Setsuko Suma is called in to assist the police. The trail leads to another psychiatrist - Dr Rei Aku - who ... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii
Stars: Kaho Minami, Takeshi Wakamatsu, Etsushi Toyokawa
Original Sin (1992)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Takashi Ishii
Stars: Shinobu Ôtake, Masatoshi Nagase, Hideo Murota
Kotoko (2011)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of a single mother who suffers from double vision; caring for her baby is a nerve-wrecking task that eventually leads her to a nervous breakdown. She is suspected of being a child... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yûko Nakamura, Cocco
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masatoshi Nagase ...
Maiku Hama
Shirô Sano ...
Masaru Kanno
Kiyotaka Nanbara ...
Hoshino
Yang Haitin ...
Yang Hai Tin
Te-chien Hou ...
De Jian (as Hou De Jian)
Akaji Maro ...
Lt. Nakayama
...
...
Joe
Haruko Wanibuchi ...
Lily Hama
Kaho Minami ...
Byakuran
Mika Ohmine ...
Akane Hama
Housei Kondo ...
Kondo
Masako Miyaji ...
Kenji Anan ...
Kitamura
Zen Kajiwara ...
Iwasaki
Edit

Storyline

Maiku Hama is a private detective working in Yokohama. Hama comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter named Yang and agrees to track down his missing brother. Through a series of double-crosses Hama gets embroiled in a gang war and a revenge plot between the two brothers. Written by Todd K. Bowman <tkbowman@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

private detective | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

5 March 1994 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Najstraszniejszy czas w moim zyciu  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by Mike Yokohama: A Forest with No Name (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Odd hodgepodge of influences and ideas actually resulting in a really entertaining movie
2 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Most Terrible Time In My Life is quite simply a real oddity of a film. The film is a hodgepodge of influences (namely Seijun Suzuki and Mickey Spillane), genres (Japanese '60s B-movies, film-noir, and comedy), and ideas. Really, the film should feel like a mess as it shifts on the drop of a dime from trying to appear like a serious noir to being a wacky comedy, but surprisingly it all manages to work.

Kaizo Hayashi, the director, even gets to work in his heavy influence from Seijun Suzuki without it feeling derivative (that right there, you have to admit, is a feat worthy of notice!). It is strange to watch a Japanese movie from 1994 that simultaneously feels like it is a mid-'90s Japanese film and an early '60s B-movie shot by Suzuki on one of his much less abstract and experimental endeavors.

But see, right there is one of the most charming and endearing characteristics of The Most Terrible Time In My Life; that the film feels old and new, original and old-hat, that it acts serious and then suddenly goofy and then back to being serious, that it can be hip and carefree and then gritty and a downer and back again--and all of this throughout the film somehow works.

This film is incredibly entertaining and interesting, and immensely enjoyable (plus the cameo by Jo Shishido *AS* Jo Shishido, who seemingly is not an actor in the world of the movie but instead the long-standing P.I. mentor to the protagonist, is mind blowing to anyone who is a fan of "Cheek's" films or his work with Suzuki). If you can get a hold of this film, you really should, it is well worth your time if you have any interest in film noir/neo-noir, Mike Hammer, Seijun Suzuki, or left-field Japanese cinema.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?