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Unlucky Monkey (1998)

Anrakkî monkî (original title)
Yamazaki has spent a lot of time plotting a robbery of a local bank, but when he actually gets to the bank he finds another robber escaping with the money. Through an improbable chain of ... See full summary »

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Yamazaki
Hiroshi Shimizu
Akira Yamamoto ...
Matsui
Ikko Suzuki ...
Kaneda
Kimika Yoshino ...
Miki Yoshida (victim of stabbing)
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Yôzaburô Itô ...
Company Member at public hearing
Akaji Maro ...
Hobo
Naomasa Musaka ...
Angry citizen
Toshie Negishi ...
Angry citizen
Manzô Shinra
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Miyata, Killer
Yôji Tanaka ...
Member of citizen convention
Susumu Terajima ...
Yakuza
Kanji Tsuda
Diamond Yukai ...
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Yamazaki has spent a lot of time plotting a robbery of a local bank, but when he actually gets to the bank he finds another robber escaping with the money. Through an improbable chain of events Yamazaki gets hold of the money and during a panicked escape accidentally kills an innocent girl.

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18 July 1998 (Japan)  »

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Unlucky Monkey  »

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B-action turns into psychological drama, and back to B-action
15 November 2000 | by (Lund, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This Japanese movie starts as a modern b-action, when two men are about to rob a bank. During the robbery, which probably doesn´t go as they´ve planned, only one man - Yamazaki - gets away alive, and while he rushes from the scene of the crime, he accidently stabs a young woman. From this point, the story turns more into a psychological drama, in which he tries to make up with his guilty conscience in different ways. The peak of the film is a long monologue with an off screen voice, where Yamazaki tries to convince himself that it wasn´t his fault, which results in the illogical conclusion that HE is the victim in this mess.

From this point, the film again turns into b-action, not that clever or exciting.

The ending, or should i say the four endings, is really bad. He makes not one closing scene, but a total of four long scenes with fading or an object disappearing in the distance, and yet not does the movie end. Frustrating and annoying.

Japan has produced much better films than this one, but it´s not the worst either...


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