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Kôshônin (2003)

After a convenience store robbery, three unidentified men hold a group of people hostage in a hospital. Inspector Ishida and Captain Tohno handle the negotiations while one of their ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Hiroshi Mikami ...
Inspector Ishida
Mayu Tsuruta ...
Capt. Maiko Tohno
Shirô Sano ...
Lt. Ando
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Ken'ichi Endô ...
Convenience store clerk
Masatô Ibu ...
Ishida's boss
Renji Ishibashi ...
Counselor Kanemoto
Kumi Nakamura ...
Mrs. Ishida
Shigemitsu Ogi
Oji Osuga ...
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Kenji Takechi ...
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Yôji Tanaka
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After a convenience store robbery, three unidentified men hold a group of people hostage in a hospital. Inspector Ishida and Captain Tohno handle the negotiations while one of their colleagues, Lt. Ando, tries to find out why the men decided to take the hospital hostage. Through flashbacks, relevant information is revealed to the audience. When the negotiations are finished, most things seem to be fine... until they lose track of the criminals. Then, the story unveils from a different perspective, its roots in feelings of love and vengeance. Written by Rebeca C.

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Convenience store clerk: The black one had a really long hair down to here
[points below his waist]
Convenience store clerk: he might look like a woman at glance... but he's unmistakably a man.
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Completely out of the box
18 October 2005 | by (Tellus) – See all my reviews

This looked like a standard hostage thriller until I realized how cleverly made it is. In the beginning you see three helmeted robbers robbing a gas station and then the next thing you see is they take over a hospital. In this part we follow the investigators, the negotiator and it is so tense that you never notice there were no explosions or gunfire or that you don't get to see what the bad guys are up to at all.

What follows is remarkably tight, the story is of course not 100% credible, but that doesn't matter at all. I usually hate thrillers, but this is so intelligent I cant help liking it. Miike is a man full of ideas, many good, problem is he don't work enough with them. Here it is definitely good enough.


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