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Tokyo Eyes (1998)

The police are tracking a man who shoots at people. But the young sister of a detective find that he's not the mad vigilante portrayed in newspapers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shinji Takeda ...
K
Hinano Yoshikawa ...
Hinano
Kaori Mizushima ...
Naomi
Tetta Sugimoto ...
Roy
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Bus driver (as Ren Ôsugi)
Masayuki Yui ...
Manager of beauty parlor
Morooka Moro ...
Video shop clerk
Ken Mitsuishi ...
Video shop customer
Fumiya Tanaka ...
D.J.
Hidaki Oikawa ...
Bouncer
Asaidori ...
Bouncer
Yôichirô Saitô ...
Boy at disco
Minako Hashimoto ...
Girl at disco
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Boy in quarrel
Kirina Mano ...
Girl in quarrel
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A young man shooting at people is nicknamed Four Eyes in the press because of his thick-lensed glasses. The young Hinano, sister of a policeman who is on the case, recognized the mysterious 'killer' by the way he acts in the metro. She follows him to find out where he lives. Ready to inform against him, something will stop her... Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Another Japanese veteran actor which is often associated with Kitano, Ren Osugi, also made a cameo in Tokyo Eyes, as an antipathetic bus driver. See more »

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Don't listen to the critics on this one
16 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film, more than any other, has me convinced the critics are completely clueless. It is a perfect blend of everything great about French, Hong Kong, and Japanese storytelling.

Hinano Yoshikawa is vulnerable--and beautiful--throughout. Saying her acting was bad is like saying Juliette Lewis was bad in Cape Fear. If she really is so clueless in real life, well that was just genius casting. Shinji Takeda also gives a great, naturalistic performance.

The last 15 minutes is often criticized or misunderstood. This is really a case of French "who cares what it means, it's beautiful" meets Japanese "you should know what it means, we don't have to explain it." From an American screenwriting craft POV, one may say that it diverges too much from the preceding story, but...I was rapt to the screen and deeply satisfied when the credits rolled.

Critics of this film--and you should watch for this in the future--use phrases such as "something like" and "more or less." In criticizing Kitano's cameo, in particular, it is clear they have no idea what they're talking about. Anyone who is a big enough fan to have actually seen Kitano hit someone on the head with a giant hammer--purposely--will know that this is a classic Kitano performance.


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