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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
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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Not even close to what you might expect from director Miike!, 25 March 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Takashi Miike has directed some very, very unusual films. Some have been hilariously strange and off-beat (HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS), just plain odd (BIRD PEOPLE IN CHINA) or super violent (AUDITION and ICHI THE KILLER). As for me, I have loved some of his films but also found his violent films so sick and graphic I couldn't stand them--it's all a matter of taste--I just don't want graphic violence in my films. But, I wasn't at all prepared for SABU, as it seemed nothing like the other Miike films I'd seen. I was worried it would be too violent (it wasn't unnecessarily so) and hoped it would be weird and unconventional (it wasn't). Overall, it was a finely crafted but extremely conventional film about a man who is unjustly sent to debtors prison and becomes violent in order to cope with it--and praying for revenge when he one day is released. As far as this plot goes, it has some very interesting elements and twists (particularly towards the end), but the film also is a bit dull in spots and I was tempted several times to stop watching. While I am glad I stuck with it because there was enough payoff at the end to justify seeing it, it wasn't a particularly interesting film or anything that seemed out of the ordinary. I'm sure Miike's rabid fans out there would thoroughly disagree, but I think the ordinary viewer could take or leave this film.

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