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Fantasia 2012: ‘Smuggler’ Fails to Conceal its Influences

5 August 2012 3:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Smuggler aka  Sumagurâ: Omae no mirai o hakobe

Written by Katsuhito Ishii, Masatoshi Yamaguchi and Kensuke Yamamoto, based on the manga Sumagurâ by Shôhei Manabe

Directed by Katsuhito Ishii

Japan 2011 Fantasia imdb

The writers and director of Smuggler clearly watched Ichi the Killer a lot – A Lot – as kids. It’s all there: the yakuza setting, the gang war, the eccentric characters, the torture, the weird unsettling pacing, the killer who feels like he infiltrated the film from some other cinematic universe.

The difference is that nothing works as well as Ichi. Every time the film quotes Ichi, we are reminded that this film isn’t quite as good as the original. The eccentricities come across as forced, the pacing feels like a car repeatedly back-firing rather than a dangerous roller-coaster, the killer just seems out of place rather than being transgressive, and the torture becomes irritating rather than unsettling. »

- Michael Ryan

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