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The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1993)

Waga jinsei saiaku no toki (original title)
Maiku Hama is a private detective working in Yokohama. Hama comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter named Yang and agrees to track down his missing brother. Through a series of ... See full summary »

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Kaizô Hayashi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masatoshi Nagase ... Maiku Hama
Shirô Sano ... Masaru Kanno
Kiyotaka Nanbara ... Hoshino
Hai-Ping Yang Hai-Ping Yang ... Yang Hai Tin
Te-Chien Hou Te-Chien Hou ... De Jian (as Hou De Jian)
Akaji Maro ... Lt. Nakayama
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Yamaguchi
Jô Shishido ... Joe (as Joe Shishido)
Haruko Wanibuchi Haruko Wanibuchi ... Lily Hama
Kaho Minami ... Byakuran
Mika Ohmine Mika Ohmine ... Akane Hama
Housei Kondo Housei Kondo ... Kondo
Masako Miyaji Masako Miyaji ... Masako
Kenji Anan Kenji Anan ... Kitamura
Zen Kajihara Zen Kajihara ... Iwasaki (as Zen Kajiwara)
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Maiku Hama is a private detective working in Yokohama. Hama comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter named Yang and agrees to track down his missing brother. Through a series of double-crosses Hama gets embroiled in a gang war and a revenge plot between the two brothers. Written by Todd K. Bowman <tkbowman@aol.com>

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Drama | Thriller

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cult cinema/old serials styled psychological yakuza thriller
1 July 2007 | by vol2See all my reviews

This film instantly became one of my favorite movies after watching it. Starring Masatoshi Nagase, who first came to the notice of American audiences after appearing in Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" (1990), this serial styled private eye film just oozes with creativity and dark humour. It's got everything I look for in cult films: ultra-violence, weird cult gangs, great style and a downbeat plot. Some folks will undoubtedly be confused by this movie, especially those who lack interest in cult cinema or those who are not used to the pacing of Japanese films. What can I say, this is not going to be for everybody, but to those who really get it, and you will know who you are, this movie is a classic waiting to happen.


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Country:

Japan | Taiwan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

5 March 1994 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

恐怖人生 See more »

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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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