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Agitator (2001)
"Araburu tamashii-tachi" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  30 March 2002 (Japan)
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A fearless Yakuza captain's loyalty is tested as two ambitious underbosses attempt a takeover of both his clan and a rival Yakuza gang.

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Taisaku Akino ...
Tsuchiya
Mickey Curtis ...
Yokomizo
Yoshiyuki Daichi ...
Sakuraba
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Muroi
Hakuryû ...
Numata
Masatô Ibu ...
Mizushima
Renji Ishibashi
Akiko Kana ...
(as Yuko Ozeki)
Masaya Katô ...
Kunihiko
Aya Kawamura ...
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Shigeo Kobayashi
Hiroki Matsukata ...
Kaito
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Shinozaki
Ryôsuke Miki ...
Torii
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A fearless Yakuza captain's loyalty is tested as two ambitious underbosses attempt a takeover of both his clan and a rival Yakuza gang.

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thank you - and - fuck you - brother [Japan]

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Kunihiko Kenzaki: If life is shit, then why shouldn't the two of us smash into it as hard as we can?
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All in a day's work
15 February 2009 | by (Konstanz, Germany) – See all my reviews

I ended a week-end of Japan movies with Agitator (others were Drunken Angel, Ikiru, Memoirs of a Geisha, Letters from Iwo Jima, Sky High). Quite a package...

From Miike, I had watched Bird People before, which I liked very much. Having checked IMDb and Wikipedia before, I was prepared for yakuza violence. And it sure was delivered - but in a way that keeps me wondering.

The (often bloody, then again often quite management-like) power struggles inside the organization make around half of the film. The other half is a mix of seemingly documentary material (with too brief sketches of childhood and romance), giving some impression of what else is in a yakuza's day's work besides shootings. That may even be looking at a flower, or a child playing an electric organ, or spoon-feeding a tied-up prisoner. And such scenes tend to settle deeper in me than yet another blood gusher. The subplot of the noodle-delivery boy being turned into a yakuza apprentice, tattoo and all, was very strong.

What surprised me (but then, I'm a Miike newbie) was the total absence of The Law. While in Bollywood movies police is a toothless tiger, but at least cruises around in jeeps sometimes, here it is just non-existent. A bleak world view for a non-yakuza, but still, this is a very thought-provoking movie.


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