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A postman is mistaken for a dangerous criminal by the police.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Ryuichi Sawaki
Keisuke Horibe ...
Noguchi
Ren Ôsugi ...
Joe
Kyôko Tôyama ...
Sayoko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sei Hiraizumi ...
Police Chief
Yôzaburô Itô ...
Detective
Konta ...
(as Atsushi Kondo-Konta)
Akaji Maro ...
Boss of Minato gang
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Hospitalized patient
SABU ...
Kurokawa (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
Hiroshi Shimizu ...
Domon
Ikkô Suzuki ...
Masayoshi (as Ikko Suzuki)
Tomorô Taguchi ...
Profiler
Ryoko Takizawa
Yôji Tanaka ...
Killer
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Storyline

Sawaki is a postman who's not quite thrilled about his boring way of life. But his life is about to change when he delivers mail to his old schoolmate Noguchi, who's now a member of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, and just finished cutting his little finger off. Sawaki stays only for a short time and Noguchi manages to smuggle a package full of drugs into Sawakis bag. And, like that's not enough, accidentally his separated finger falls into Sawakis bag too. Because Noguchi has been spied out for quite a while by the police, they think that Sawaki has something to do with his criminal schemings and decide to stick onto his feet. When Sawaki bonds with the fatally ill hit man Joe, it's clear for the police what he must be: A schizophrenic-paranoid, perverse drug dealer, murderer and even terrorist sent from the Yakuza! Written by ToDumbToPickAUsername

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Crime | Drama | Action | Comedy

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16 August 1997 (Japan)  »

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Quotes

[first lines]
Woman In The Street: [stopping Sawaki]
[subtitled from Japanese]
Woman In The Street: Mr. Postman, could you send this out?
[Sawaki takes the envelope and puts in the mailbox right next to him]
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Hard to pigeonhole action-comedy-fantasy
3 February 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Postman Blues doesn't fit neatly into any category, but whatever it is, it's terrific. Sawaki is a rather clueless mailman who gets mixed up with yakuza and as a result ends up being targeted by some equally clueless police who are convinced he's a runner for the mob. There are some terrific bicycling scenes including the ending, which plays like a demented western on wheels...without descending to cartoon territory. The romantic subplot is refreshing and the sudden intrusion of fantasy at the very end seems perfectly natural. Director Sabu (Hiroyuki Tanaka) looks to be a major new talent.


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