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Shô Aikawa ...
Anjo
Shun Sugata ...
Toshiaki Yoshioka
Chikako Kobayashi ...
Mitsuko Tachibana
Tonbo Zushi ...
Ichiro Ogasawara
Kunihiko Ida
Tarô Suwa ...
Katagiri
Kiriko Shimizu ...
Fumie
Kazuyuki Senba ...
Shinichi
Reita Serizawa ...
Tsuyama
Takeshi Mikami ...
Kuru Yone
Shoichi Kurata ...
Matsui
Kuronosuke Kagawa ...
Taku
Daisuke Negishi ...
Takagi
Nao Ômori
Satsuki Nakahara
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The Revenge: A Scar That Never Disappears  »

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A good Kurosawa
19 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before emerging as an international cult favorite with the slow-burn thriller "Cure" in 1997, Kiyoshi Kurosawa was deeply mired in producing efficient and violent direct to video yakuza cheapies. The six part TV series "Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself" (1995-1996) had made Kurosawa a well known artist in Japan, and this gave him the license to create further experiments in the yakuza genre, playing with conventions and, ultimately, not really taking the genre very seriously. "The Revenge; Parts 1 and 2" were prime examples of a filmmaker whose boredom with the idea of the embedded yakuza culture gave way to seeing just how oblique he could make the well-worn genre look.

If some studio were to bless Kurosawa with the finances to create an 8 hour gangster flick, I'm certain he'd run with the idea. Like his later films "The Serpent's Path" and "Eyes of the Spider", Kurosawa takes a central theme and tweaks it just enough to back end two films together in alternating fashion. Starring long time regular Sho Aikawa, "The Revenge; Parts 1 and 2" tracks a man's existence from goodly cop to incessant revenge-driven killer after his wife is murdered by the local yakuza. Part 1, titled "A Visit From Fate", is the better of the two parts, building up a slight back story for Aikawa's cop Anjo as his family is murdered before his eyes while he cowers in the closet as a scared five year old. Spared by the seemingly aloof killer, Anjo grows up to become a policeman. After a drug suspect kills himself when running from Anjo later in life, his body is picked up by a guardian, who turns out to be the seemingly benign killer who spared his life as a child. Anjo's tracking of the guardian leads him into the spotlight of a local yakuza gang, so they murder his wife as a warning. From there, Part 1 and Part 2, titled "A Scar That Never Disappears", follows Anjo on his quiet but violent quest to exact revenge.


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