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Agitator (2001)

Araburu tamashii-tachi (original title)
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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Credited cast:
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Mickey Curtis ...
Yoshiyuki Daichi ...
Ken'ichi Endô ...
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Kijima (as Shinzo Hotta)
Masatô Ibu ...
Renji Ishibashi ...
Yûdai Ishiyama ...
Yukihiko Kamiya ...
Akiko Kana ...
Takako Higuchi (as Yuko Ozeki)
Masaya Katô ...
Aya Kawamura ...
Kunihiko's Girlfriend
Norihisa Kobayashi ...


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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30 March 2002 (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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What's exactly the pure Miike Takashi style?

I have already seen many of Miike Takashi's films and I can't find what is really is own style. He has no style of his own, but that doesn't mean he is flat, or uninteresting, far from that. He is like a chameleon, he can give us comedies, horror movies, dramas, thrillers, crime films. And if you watch for instance SHIELD OF STRAW and this one or RAINY DOG, you will never notice anything in common between those three crime flicks. So, I don't even speak if you compare with comedies or ordinary dramas...

I will try to get every Miike Takashi film available, even those not in France.

This one I comment now is very interesting, the other viewers have done it far better than I should do. The thing I find very offbeat is the music score. It is a sort of French music as we found in eighties French crime features, especially for TV audiences. For instance if you see, one day, some films made for the Series NOIRE TV show, you'll notice this kind of music. Very very strange. Accordion music for a Japanese crime film. Only Miike Takashi can give us this. Maybe a sort of tribute to France from which he was excited by Jean-Pierre Melville, one of his masters. This is finally that the Miike Takashi's style. He has NO style.

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