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Credited cast:
Yachio Kasugano
Noritake Kinashi ...
Wataru Tokitsukaze
Narumi Yasuda ...
Noriko Umezukushi
Tenjin Sakuramiya
Yûko Natori ...
Miyabi Sakuramiya
Tôru Watanabe ...
Yu Amagataki
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Norihei Miki ...
Kazuo Zaitsu ...
Client Namino
Tetsuo Ishidate ...
Midori Kiuchi ...
Yûko Asano ...
Takashi Tsumura ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Atsuko Kawada


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alternate English language title: 'The Mercenaries'
4 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A look into the future of Japanese movie-making was suggested by the arrival of this brash high-tech comedy, directed by one of the vanguard of young directors making noise on the international film circuit back in the mid-1980s. In keeping with Japan's headlong surge into the 21st century the film adopted a sleek, fantastic, artfully haywire style that was as much a celebration of speed and technology as it was a mockery of it. The result is pure kinetic filmmaking, highlighted by whip-crack editing, ostentatious colors, and an agile camera constantly thrusting its fish-eye lens straight into the stunned faces of the two protagonists: a pair of TV admen waging a private war against a corrupt rival agency. None of it has any connection to reality, but this kind of space-age slapstick follows its own peculiar logic. Who would think the same director could have been responsible for the subtle, minimalist 'Deaths in Tokimeki' (qv), made just one year previously?

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