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A man sees his life changed for ever when his fiancee shoots herself. Baffled, he wants by all means... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ya Tsukamoto  writer

Produced by
Igarashi Maison .... producer
Original Music by
Chu Ishikawa 
Cinematography by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Film Editing by
Shin'ya Tsukamoto 
Costume Design by
Hiroko Iwasaki 
Makeup Department
Takashi Oda .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shin'ichi Kawahara .... assistant director
Takeshi Koike .... assistant director
Hisakatsu Kuroki .... assistant director
Kiyohide Ohtani .... assistant director
Art Department
Mari Ehara .... set dresser
Chie Horiuchi .... set dresser
Tarô Hosono .... set dresser
Akiko Kimura .... set dresser
Manabu Yamamoto .... set dresser
Sound Department
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Tomo'o Haraguchi .... special effects makeup
Takashi Oda .... dummy effects
Kan Takahama .... model lead
Camera and Electrical Department
Takayuki Shida .... assistant camera
Michiyo Tenma .... gaffer
Michiyo Tenma .... still photographer
Other crew
Andrew P. Kirkham .... dvd & bluray producer [gb]
Tetsuya Tsuda .... firearms

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87 min | Canada:90 min | Finland:98 min | Taiwan:88 min | Argentina:98 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Revenge served with Iron, 25 December 2004
Author: Meganeguard from Kansas

Goda seems to be having a pretty good life. He is a successful television commercial maker who seems to be quite and demand. Also he has had a steady relationship with his long time girlfriend for ten years. However, one night while he is out having a drink, his girlfriend commits suicide. It soon becomes evident that his girlfriend had close ties with the underworld and had somehow acquired a pistol which she used to end her life.

Although suffering a horrible tragedy, Goda seems to be in control of himself, and his co-workers seem to think that he is actually doing better despite the fact that his girlfriend committed suicide. However, this is not quite the case. Goda is seething underneath, wondering how his girlfriend got a hold of the pistol and he soon becomes obsessed with acquiring the gun like the one his girlfriend used to kill herself. This draws Goda into the underworld himself and he seeks the help oh yakuza members and foreign crime elements to attain his desired possession. However, because he is unsuccessful, Goda makes his own gun.

While creating his gun, Goda intentionally encounters members of the gang his girlfriend had been associated with. These members include Goto, a gang kid with long sideburns who is looking to enter the business world, Idei a club owner and leader of the gang who has a serious acid habit, and Chisato a short haired, leather skirt sporting waif who acts as bait for johns whom the male gang members beat up and rob. However, it is interesting to note it seems Goda has had run ins with the gang before and he even has a scar where Chisato bit him quite deeply when he pulled her away when she came dangerously close to being hit by a subway. These characters develop quite an odd relationship with each other in only ways Tsukamoto could create.

This is quite a good film and Tsukamoto does a wonderful job of being Goda. He seems far more dangerous than the gang members and almost emotionless at some points. Mano Kirina is also quite sexy in a sleazy kind of way. This film was quite difficult for me at some moments though because I could not quite figure out how the threads were woven together at some moments, but the film is well worth a watch or two.

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