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Kaiji: Jinsei gyakuten gêmu (2009)

Kaiji, a young gambler who is constantly in debt, enters a deadly gambling competition in order to wipe away his loans.

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Kaiji Ito
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Shôhei Uno
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Kaiji Ito moves to Japan after graduating from high school. Unable to find a job and frustrated with society at large, Kaiji spends his days gambling, vandalizing cars, and drinking booze. Two years later and his life no better, a debt collector named Endo arrives to collect money. The debt collector then offers two choices to Kaiji: spend 10 year paying off your loan or board a gambling boat for one night to repay your debt and possibly make a whole lot more. Meanwhile, the unscrupulous Endo is actually conning Kaiji, believing he won't come back from voyage. Kaiji is then up for the night of his life. Written by Jack Jacops

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Life or death... on the turn of a card!

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Nobuyuki Fukumoto, creator of the "Kaiji" manga on which this film is based, appears in the film as a black-suited man. See more »

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Followed by Kaiji 2: Jinsei dakkai gêmu (2011) See more »

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Jan-Ken-Pon & E-Card
11 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Kaiji is an awesome movie. It shown how to play Jan-Ken-Pon (Rock- Paper-Scissors) in Japan which very popular games. Which under the debt pressure, he join the other play in Espoir ship (means Hope in French). This is where he lost, work underground as slave, pay with underground money called Peria, and challenge to join Brave Road (to survive and return above ground).

When he made an final, he should play card with Tonegawa. Play E-Card (Emperor-Slave-Citizen) to win his freedom and clearing his debt. He lost because of Tonegawa using cheap trick. Using Chip that control and know the users heartbeat, but he lost cause Kaiji too excited winning the last round and make Tonegawa fallen on his own trick.


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