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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
Ikkô Suzuki ...
Kaneda (as Ikko Suzuki)
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 ...
(as Daiamondo 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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Disjointed Black-Comedy/Drama From Japan...
26 May 2006 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

Honestly...I don't know what the hell this film was about. It took me three sittings to get through it, and although it started off strong, it went in so many different directions, I couldn't really make heads or tails of it...

Some dude robs a bank (against his better judgement...) and ends up accidentally stabbing a chick in the process. From here on out, we follow this guy around, intertwining with other parallel tales of some Yakuza members, environmental actionists, and some other stuff...

I was really feelin' this one in the beginning as an off-beat, dark-comedy, but then it got slow and too serious, and then weird again

  • and reminds me of what I don't like about Japanese films - they're


oftentimes too quirky to get anything from. At times, UNLUCKY MONKEY is down-right funny, at other times stone-cold-sober. At about the half-way point, I just lost interest. Not a bad film per se...but I've gotten to the point that I'm getting pretty burned out from pretty much everything currently coming out of Japan at this point...6.5/10


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