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Unlucky Monkey (1998)
"Anrakkî monkî" (original title)

 -  Action | Comedy  -  18 July 1998 (Japan)
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Credited cast:
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ...
Hiroshi Shimizu
Akira Yamamoto
Ikko Suzuki
Kimika Yoshino
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naomasa Musaka
Ren Ohsugi
Tomorowo Taguchi
Yôji Tanaka
Susumu Terajima
Kanji Tsuda
Daiamondo Yukai


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Unlucky Monkey  »

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21 June 2003 | by (Lemuria) – See all my reviews

I find this film fascinating for several reasons.Its the only Sabu film with social conscience,for one.Then,its the film where the human is shown from the darkest point of view,without the unnecessary violence.There is some violence,but its not graphic nor without reason. The dream scene is one of the deepest and best I have seen and it stuck inside me as well as the ending(and I hope it did with others too).

The ending is a bit hard to understand for some.Why does the dead man rise?Why does Tsutsumi's character so desperately try to end his life?Maybe because he has seen more than others and knows that this society is going towards the end.Its disturbing I know and thats why this film is so precious to me.Sabu cared,thats why he made it.This is not just another of his mad stories with weird plots and a sad ending.

The ending I don't find really sad and thats another reason why I love it.He found relief.What I found sad and heavy to watch is the scene where he wanders through the filthy streets and knows that he is truly lost.The beginning gives you an insight to why he really is lost.He tried to commit that robbery because it was a chance for him to get a better life.Maybe he wanted to move away from all that.And then found himself stuck right in the middle of it all.Its the last tale of human hell and the desperate road to redemption.Sabu,you really are a master. Shinichi Tsutsumi became my favorite actor after this film.He really is a special talent and a gift to Japan's film industry.I hope he will have a long and fruitful career.Without him,this film wouldn't be what it is,a Dante-ish tour de force.

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