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Based on the novel Ukonshi Kujira by author Yamanouchi Yukio, Mochizuki Rokuro's third in his yakuza trilogy depicts a country girl falling in love with a street-level down and dirty thug whose lifestyle is outside of the conventions of class and the law. Written by aghaemi

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Part of Rokuro Mochizuki yakuza trilogy alongside Another Another Lonely Hitman (1995) and Onibi (1997) See more »

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dark & beautiful
4 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen all of his work, but I think this is probably one of Mochizuki's best. In strange way, this film reminds me of trainspotting, and not just in the ample drugs, sex, and violence. We watch the downfall of a sickly and comically-inept family through the eyes of the emotionally numb Kinichi. Kinichi is simply brilliant. He wanders through this dangerous world in a heroin daze, making each life-or-death decision casually. Despite the many reprehensible actions we see him commit, he is still entirely likable. Yoko is also a fantastic character, although we're never quite sure why she came along for the ride. The comedy runs dark, drawing from the surreality of the otherwise grim situations. The yakuza boss in his hospital gown, high as a kite, firing his gun wildly on the hospital roof; the omnipresent cigarette in Kinichi's mouth; the negotiation of his survival from a kiddie pool in a garage. The cinematography is fantastic -- many very creative uses of light and dark, and the grit of Osaka's nether regions is beautifully captured. The mood is of wandering home, drunk, late at night, without any idea of what direction you should be going, or if there is even a home waiting for you.


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