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Rainy Dog (1997)

Gokudô kuroshakai (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 28 June 1997 (Japan)
A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Seigo Inoue
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shô Aikawa ... Yuuji
Li Wei Chang
Shih Chang Shih Chang
Xianmei Chen Xianmei Chen ... Lili
Billy Sau Yat Ching
Jianqin He Jianqin He ... Chen
Ming-chun Kao Ming-chun Kao ... Lichun Lee
Blackie Shou Liang Ko ... Whorehouse Proprietor
Li-Chun Lee ... (as Lichun Lee)
Doze Niu
Tomorô Taguchi ... Yuuji's crazed nemesis
Vicky Wei
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A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

28 June 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Rainy Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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1.85 : 1
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Raining Cats and Dogs
12 April 2006 | by machintimSee all my reviews

The story centres on a failed yakuza that has been exiled to Taiwan and now provides a hit man service for local gang leaders. The backdrop is a rainy Taipei which throughout the film is hated by all of the main characters and is seemingly impossible to escape from (Interesting from a Japanese film maker). The hit man, Yuuji, (Sho Aikawa) has his life turned upside down by the arrival of his supposed son who is cast off by his mother, a woman Yuuji doesn't remember in any detail. Eventually paired up with a prostitute he meets along the way they are offered an escape from the lives they appear to hate. The story is brilliantly told both through a cinematography and script. The locations and indeed the weather play an important role in setting a mood and reflecting the troubled lives of the main characters. Yuuji and chen, Yuuji's son, (Played by Lianmei Chen) work together brilliantly. Chen is a mute but the thoughtful and pragmatic performance by Lianmei Chen means this does not hinder the empathy you can feel for the character. Sho Aikawa, although he has most of the screen time and very little script, plays Yuuji to perfection. This film is another example of why Miike is well respected as a film maker. The usual blood and revenge storyline is there, but with a plot that you need to see played out in full and characters who you care for throughout. It is an excellent example of how a film should be made to incorporate gripping drama into an ultra violent gangster movie. I would recommend anyone to watch Rainy Dog, it may not be typical Mike but it is defiantly Miike Gold.


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