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Nihon kuroshakai (1999)

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A group of Chinese youths living in Japan struggle to make their way in life and eventually find trouble with the local crime syndicate.

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Shô Aikawa
Samuel Pop Aning
Takeshi Caesar
Yukie Itou
Michisuke Kashiwaya
Dan Li ...
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Ryûshi Mizukami
Shun Sugata
Tomorowo Taguchi
Kôji Tsukamoto
Tetsu Watanabe
Hua Rong Weng
Ren Ôsugi
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A group of Chinese youths living in Japan struggle to make their way in life and eventually find trouble with the local crime syndicate.

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Beautifully done, if unable to avoid some cliches
12 July 2003 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

This was a much more character-driven storyline than one might expect from Miike, and very nicely done, although it doesn't exactly score huge points for originality. We have the hooker with the heart of gold, and the usual tale of three disaffected youths trying to better their lot in life, only to fall into a life of crime that leads to disaster. But all of the characters are still sympathetic, and Miike's way of framing his story against the real sense of disconnection that his Chinese characters feel living in Japan is effective (even if American viewers might only pick it out after having a critic more savvy in Asian societal dynamics explain it first). This is also the most gorgeously shot Miike film I think I've seen, rich with deeply saturated and highly stylized colors. 8/10 from me.


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