Down 7,580 this week

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

Unrated  |   |  Action, Drama, Crime  |  16 January 1998 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 1,819 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 30 critic

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.



0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 841 titles
created 22 Jan 2012
a list of 36 titles
created 12 Mar 2012
a list of 558 titles
created 15 Jun 2012
a list of 281 titles
created 20 Jun 2012
list image
a list of 268 titles
created 24 Jul 2013

Related Items

Search for "The Five" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Five (1995)

The Five (1995) on IMDb 6.9/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Five.
2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sonatine (1993)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Takashi Ishii
Stars: Yûki Amami, Takeshi Yamato, Reiko Kataoka
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A private investigator takes on an odd job to retrieve a lost Rolex, only to find himself lured into a case filled with violence and sex by his mysterious employer. (Japanese with English subtitles).

Director: Takashi Ishii
Stars: Naoto Takenaka, Kimiko Yo, Jinpachi Nezu
Kids Return (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up on them.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Ken Kaneko, Masanobu Andô, Leo Morimoto
Fireworks (1997)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Ôsugi
Getting Any? (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Obsessed with the idea of owning his first car so he can have sex in it, a young man takes any job he can find and ends up in an escalating series of crazy situations.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Dankan, Moeko Ezawa, Hakuryû
Brother I (2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps
Outrage (2010)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryô Kase
Sweet Whip (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When Naoko was a freshman in high school she was kidnapped and imprisoned by a man who lived next door. For one month, she went through hell. Finally, she killed the man and escaped.

Director: Takashi Ishii
Stars: Mitsu Dan, Yuki Mamiya, Hiroko Nakajima
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Takashi Ishii
Stars: Yui Natsukawa, Jinpachi Nezu, Toshiyuki Nagashima
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
Takeshis' (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Beat Takeshi, a prominent actor, meets a lookalike named Kitano, who is a struggling actor, but after the meeting, Kitano's dreams take a violent, surreal turn.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kotomi Kyôno, Kayoko Kishimoto


Credited cast:
Kôichi Satô ...
Mikihiko Bandai
Junichi Mitsuya
Jinpachi Nezu ...
Kaname Hizu
Kippei Shîna ...
Shohei Ogiwara
Ichiro Kyoya (as Beat Takeshi)
Kazuya Kimura ...
Kazuma Shibata
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisuke Iijima
Ryô Iwamatsu ...
Man at the toilet
Maiko Kawakami ...
Hostess at Pinky
Ogiwara's daughter
Hideo Murota ...
Eiko Nagashima ...
Toshiyuki Nagashima ...
Yasumasa Ogoshi
Kanji Tsuda


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


KIRE tara tomaranai! [Japan]


Action | Drama | Crime


Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Five  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Followed by Gonin 2 (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A very dark, strange and violent crime thriller.
5 June 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

The first Takashi Ishii movie I watched was his excellent rape/revenge thriller 'Freezer', but his reputation as an exciting director with a lot of potential mainly rests on his yakuza movies, of which 'Gonin' is perhaps the best known. This is a really impressive movie, very dark, strange and violent. The bare bones of the plot - a group of guys decide to rob some gangsters, the gangsters vow revenge - is one that we have seen many, many times before in American movies, but Ishii manages to put a fresh spin on it, with unusual characters, and consistently original direction. I was fascinated from beginning to end. The ensemble cast are all excellent, but the most memorable performances are by Naoto Takenaka (who later appeared in 'Freezer', and Tsukamoto's astonishing 'Tokyo Fist'), who plays the unhinged salaryman Ogiwara, and cult figure Beat Takeshi, who plays Kyoya, the ruthless eyepatched hitman. Takeshi steals every scene he is in, and plays one of the nastiest characters of his career, only really topped by the psycho he played in his own 'Boiling Point'. 'Gonin' is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys doomed caper films, a genre that has its fair share of classics from 'Bob Le Flambeur' and 'The Killing' to 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'The Usual Suspects'. Add 'Gonin' to the list of those crime classics. Yes, it's that good!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
1st post fulhammark8
I want to watch it lolz but . . . nizsu
green umbrella cinenoir
Discuss The Five (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: