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28 June 1997 (Japan) See more »
A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him. | Add synopsis »
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Shô Aikawa ... Yuuji
Li Wei Chang
Shih Chang
Xianmei Chen ... Lili
Billy Sau Yat Ching
Jianqin He ... Chen
Ming-chun Kao ... Lichun Lee
Blackie Shou Liang Ko ... Whorehouse Proprietor
Li-Chun Lee (as Lichun Lee)

Doze Niu
Tomorowo Taguchi ... Yuuji's crazed nemesis
Vicky Wei

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Seigo Inoue 

Produced by
Tetsuya Ikeda .... producer
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa .... producer: Daiei
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masashi Minami .... assistant director
Sound Department
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Gokudô kuroshakai" - Japan (original title)
"Criminal Underworld: Rainy Dog" - International (English title) (literal title)
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95 min
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Miike goes noir, 7 December 2005
Author: joro boro from United States

Miike strays off the beaten path to do his own take on 'film-noir' (a tribute to Melville?): limited dialog, moody settings, and deliberately slow development all make for a unique movie in Miike's immense filmography.

As surprising for its subtlety, pace, and precision as for its lack of the standard Miike moments, it is definitely not the director's best (for that see "The Bird People of China", "Ichi the Killer" or "Gozu"), but a great movie for a rainy Sunday afternoon, naturally if you don't mind the occasional yakuza violence.

Could be read as the director's attempt at a character study (usually absent from his work) or an exercise in cinematic economy - in either case it is a movie well-above mediocrity, yet not quite reaching the level of masterpiece.

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