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The Five (1995)
"Gonin" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama | Crime  -  16 January 1998 (USA)
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Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers.

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Kaname Hizu
Kippei Shîna ...
Jimmy
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Ichiro Kyoya (as Beat Takeshi)
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Kanji Tsuda
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Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers. Written by Hans Wadsten <dubl@swipnet.se>

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KIRE tara tomaranai! [Japan]

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A superb movie with wit...
3 June 2003 | by (Düsseldorf, Germany) – See all my reviews

I watched Gonin about 3 times by now and still I have to say that it is a great movie even if evaluated under different perspectives. Each character is a profound mixture of different shapes. Out of a certain kind of despair every person in the movie develops its unique behaviour which is a result of their lifes they were living. Gonin includes many interesting themes such as homosexuality, childhood, fear and last but not least what life can make out of every person when it crushes upon you. Lately it appeared to me as if the modern hero has to be an introvert ruthless killer without emotion and basically I have to say that those tendencies are found in Gonin as well - Although it is rather an antihero who is presented in Gonin by the actor Takeshi Kitano in the role of the killer taken into service by the Yakuza-boss. The most remarkable scene as far as I'm concerned is the one where the story of the weird man, having lost his job, comes back home after they had stolen the money from the Yakuza. Gonin is a movie with great suspense and, if watched carefully, with profound and emotional content.


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