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Director:
Writers:
Masa Nakamura (screenplay)
Makoto Shiina (novel)
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Release Date:
10 June 1998 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Miike's best, hands down (no pun) See more (32 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masa Nakamura  screenplay
Makoto Shiina  novel

Produced by
Yasuhiko Furusato .... producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Seiha Ohji .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
 
Cinematography by
Hideo Yamamoto 
 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura  (as Taiji Shimamura)
 
Production Design by
Keiko Mitsumatsu 
 
Set Decoration by
Tatsuo Ozeki 
 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bunmei Katô .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jun Nakamura .... sound re-recording mixer
Jun Nakamura .... sound recordist
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
 

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Also Known As:
"Chûgoku no chôjin" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Miike's best, hands down (no pun), 7 December 2005
Author: joro boro from United States

If you are going to see one Miike movie (just to see what the hell all the fuss is about), make it this one.

"Heart of Darkness" (aka 'Apocalypse Now') fades as a Euro-centric teen angst tale in comparison to this delicate gem, which has it all: mystery, search, innocence, innocence lost, passion, crime, sacrifice, sacrilege, comedy, drama, tragedy, and best of all - everything is carried by myths and dreams.

In the words of Miike himself (from an interview in the 'extras' section of the DVD): "...cinema not just for entertainment" However, if you feel like venturing further into Miike territory, be cautioned, it's a treacherous zone and takes some stunt-level adaptation.

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