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Yô Takeyama (screenplay)
Shûgorô Yamamoto (novel)
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14 May 2002 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Eiji

Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Sabu
Tomoko Tabata ... Nobuko
Kazue Fukiishi ... Osue
Kenji Sawada ... Okayasu
Naomasa Musaka ... Matsuda
Tatsuo Yamada ... Ryojiro Kojima
Yoshiki Arizono ... Yohei
Keisuke Horibe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken'ichi Endô ... Giichi
Mayuko Nishiyama ... Osono

Hiroshi Tamaki ... Kinta
Yôji Tanaka ... Toku
Yujiro Taniyama
Akira Yasuda
Ren Ôsugi ... Heizo

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yô Takeyama  screenplay (as Hiroshi Takeyama)
Shûgorô Yamamoto  novel

Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
Cinematography by
Hideo Yamamoto 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masato Tanno .... first assistant director

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122 min


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Brings Attention to Miike's Underrated Skills, 18 September 2005
Author: Marc Ferriere from Northampton, PA

This is a really instructive example of the directorial skills that Takishi Miike exhibits in most of his films. His abilities are often lost on many viewers because they're too infatuated with cowheads, necrophilia, and bazookas. A coherent, dramatically-charged jidaigeki like this might challenge the patience and attention spans of some Miike-devotees. There are long stretches of this film that feature two characters facing one another and speaking. Being more plot-driven than action-driven, I can see how some might be bored to death, but it's this more cerebral pacing that highlights the kind of mastery that Miike is capable of. This movie should go a long way towards silencing critics who accuse him of being too dependant on yakuza mayhem and the usual clichés (bestiality, scat, necrophilia, homosexual rape, mutilation, etc.) That being said, this is a competent period film that stands on it's own. It is only slightly apparent to the viewer that it was made for television - it really has all the trappings of a regular film (casting & sets). All of the actors nail their performances and the "making of" featurette included on the R1 DVD shows the care and commitment that went into producing it.

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