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Helpless (1996)

Yasuo is a gangster just released from jail. Believing his boss double-crossed him, enraged Yasuo is on his way to find the boss. But before setting out for the dangerous trip, Yasuo asks ... See full summary »

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Yasuo is a gangster just released from jail. Believing his boss double-crossed him, enraged Yasuo is on his way to find the boss. But before setting out for the dangerous trip, Yasuo asks Kenji to take care of his mentally challenged sister, Yuri, and a mysterious black bag. Written by sonic_bang

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A difficult movie to judge.
11 January 2000 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

I still don't know what to make of this film. The rather bleak realism reminiscent of Takeshi Kitano's films works well with Kenji's sudden violent outbursts, and the rather touching ending is at least in some sense an affirmation of humanity. But the whole story seems just a bit too contrived and pointless. Interesting nonetheless.


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