In order to settle a business dispute, a mob leader murders one of his own teenage sons. The surviving son vows to avenge his brother's death, and organizes his own gang of teenage killers to destroy his father's organization.
If you thought Miike was nothing but a deviant obsessed with sex and violence (Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q, Audition, etc.), you'll be very surprised by Shangri-La.
A printer is forced to shut down his business after his main client goes bankrupt. That rich client has a lot of property and assets hidden away and doesn't plan to use those assets to pay for his debts. Ridden with shame from leaving his employees without a job, the printer tries to commit suicide but ends up instead in Shangri-La. Inhabited by social misfits, Shangri-La is basically a small group of makeshift houses by a river in an industrial wasteland. The "Mayor" and the "Deputy" of Shangri-La set on to help the printer get revenge on the rich businessman, and make a little fortune while they're at it.
Who would have thought Miike would deliver a solid, tightly-paced, feel-good movie ? Hilarious at times and based on a fantastic script, this movie proves that Miike can and will do anything that inspires him. He has balls of steel and doesn't care what you expect of him.
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