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The Five (1995)

Gonin (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Drama, Crime | 16 January 1998 (USA)
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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Kôichi Satô ...
Mikihiko Bandai
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Junichi Mitsuya
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Kaname Hizu
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Jimmy
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Shohei Ogiwara
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Ichiro Kyoya (as Beat Takeshi)
Kazuya Kimura ...
Kazuma Shibata
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Yôzaburô Itô ...
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Ryô Iwamatsu ...
Man at the toilet
Maiko Kawakami ...
Hostess at Pinky
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Ogiwara's daughter
Hideo Murota ...
Shikine
Eiko Nagashima ...
Saki
Toshiyuki Nagashima ...
Yasumasa Ogoshi
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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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Written by Masafumi Matsubara and Masato Sugimoto
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Homo homini lupus
4 October 1999 | by (Langen, Germany) – See all my reviews

A night-club owner, an unemployed businessman, an ex-cop on drugs, a small-time pimp and a transvestite (well, sort of) find together to rob a yakuza-gang. Against expectation they can pull off the heist, but afterwards they are hunted down by two professonal hitmen (one of them played by Takeshi Kitano at his stoic best). Without giving too much away one can say that the end can compare to "Hamlet" in terms of (relative) body-count.

The story is really simple and has been told many times before, but the great cinematography, the good performances and the intensity of the violence make it seem fresh and exciting. I recommend this film to anyone who likes dark, nihilistic gangster-movies. Definitely not for the squeamish.

("Gonin 2" is not a sequel, but tells a similar story with women in the leading roles. Although also quite good it's not as great as the first one.)


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