IMDb > Rainy Dog (1997)

Rainy Dog (1997) More at IMDbPro »Gokudô kuroshakai (original title)

Photos (See all 5 | slideshow)


User Rating:
7.3/10   1,401 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Rainy Dog on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Raining Cats and Dogs See more (20 total) »


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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gokudô kuroshakai" - Japan (original title)
"Criminal Underworld: Rainy Dog" - International (English title) (literal title)
See more »
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Movie Connections:
Features Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Raining Cats and Dogs, 12 April 2006
Author: Tim Machin from United Kingdom

The story centres on a failed yakuza that has been exiled to Taiwan and now provides a hit man service for local gang leaders. The backdrop is a rainy Taipei which throughout the film is hated by all of the main characters and is seemingly impossible to escape from (Interesting from a Japanese film maker). The hit man, Yuuji, (Sho Aikawa) has his life turned upside down by the arrival of his supposed son who is cast off by his mother, a woman Yuuji doesn't remember in any detail. Eventually paired up with a prostitute he meets along the way they are offered an escape from the lives they appear to hate. The story is brilliantly told both through a cinematography and script. The locations and indeed the weather play an important role in setting a mood and reflecting the troubled lives of the main characters. Yuuji and chen, Yuuji's son, (Played by Lianmei Chen) work together brilliantly. Chen is a mute but the thoughtful and pragmatic performance by Lianmei Chen means this does not hinder the empathy you can feel for the character. Sho Aikawa, although he has most of the screen time and very little script, plays Yuuji to perfection. This film is another example of why Miike is well respected as a film maker. The usual blood and revenge storyline is there, but with a plot that you need to see played out in full and characters who you care for throughout. It is an excellent example of how a film should be made to incorporate gripping drama into an ultra violent gangster movie. I would recommend anyone to watch Rainy Dog, it may not be typical Mike but it is defiantly Miike Gold.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (20 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Rainy Dog (1997)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Has this movie borrowed off 'Leon'? byrne508
Ripped Off Of In Kill Bill? Moatilliata
Rainy Dog cameronasap
*Spoiler* Who was the guy with the bags? jemfish
Black Society Trilogy richardsth
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Branded to Kill Dead or Alive Deadly Outlaw: Rekka Blues Harp Ichi the Killer
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Crime section IMDb Japan section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.