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Shigenori Takechi (screenplay)
Shigenori Takechi (story)
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25 June 2003 (Japan) See more »
Two brothers in a very small branch of the Japanese crime syndicate must make a hard choice when their loyalties are stretched in too many directions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Riki Takeuchi ... Seiji
Yûta Sone ... Yoshi (as Hideki Sone)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mickey Curtis (as Mikkî Kâchisu)
Ken'ichi Endô ... Budai (Date family)
Renji Ishibashi
Yûdai Ishiyama
Kôichi Iwaki
Hiroshi Katsuno
Ryôsuke Miki
Yasukaze Motomiya

Kazuya Nakayama
Yôko Natsuki
Mikio Ohsawa (as Mikio Oosawa)
Tetsurô Tanba
Columbia Top ... Millionaire (as Koronbia Toppu)
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
Gorô Ôhashi

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shigenori Takechi  screenplay
Shigenori Takechi  story

Produced by
Akira Ando .... executive producer (as Akira Andô)
Hidehiro Ito .... supervising planner (as Hidehiro Itô)
Fujio Matsushima .... planner
Jun'ichi Matsushita .... executive producer: Art Port/Aato Pooto
Saburô Naitô .... producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... executive producer: Sedic International/Sedikku Intaanashonaru
Other crew
Shigenori Takechi .... supervision

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Also Known As:
"Yakuza Demon" - USA (DVD title)
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Japan:100 min
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
This is actually one of Miike's best films..., 22 March 2005
Author: enicholson from Venice Beach

Those who criticize this as a minor Miike films are missing the point of this film. This film should not be compared to the DEAD OR ALIVE films, ICHI THE KILLER or FUDOH or any of the hyper manga-style Miike film. Instead, KIKOKU draws from Miike's grittier, melancholic, more classic crime dramas like RAINY DOG, LEY LINES and BLUES HARP. In my opinion, Miike does this kind of film as well or better than the ones he best known for. These films are the ones that put Miike in the league with Kinji Fukasaku and possibly above Beat Takeshi -- and not really the manga ones.

I like this kind of film because it is so pure -- so classic in its crime fatalism -- like a great American noir of the late 40s or 50s or a great French gangster flick from the 30s. Like the other films mentioned above, at the heart of this film is an unlikely love story which makes up the eye of the deadly hurricane that is Miike's take on the violent Yakuza underworld. On the surface the plot is very similar to DEADLY OUTLAW REKKA, but while DOR is fast and fun, KIKOKU is the doomed, tragic version of that film. It's a more serious film that should be taken seriously as one of Miike's best -- and one of Riki Takeuchi's best as well.

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