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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 »

Director:

Kaizô Hayashi
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Cast

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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Connections

Followed by Mike Yokohama: A Forest with No Name (2002) See more »

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Classy, sick, entertaining, great.
22 October 2006 | by ahotmaailaddressSee all my reviews

This one caught my eye in the foreign section of Hollywood Video. I've heard it said that noir is a dead type of film, not so. Though in many ways this parodies the noir films of the 40s and 50s, it had its strengths and comes across as a noir pretty well.

The lighting was amazing, as was the framing framing; every shot was perfect and the plot wasn't half bad.

When the film started, I thought it was set in the 50's or thereabouts, with the protagonist driving a Nash Metropolitan and the theatre featuring Cinemascope. But at one point a character suggests that fingers can be reattached now, and then more modern cars were shown parked on the street, stuff like this can get to you.

I loved this, I would definitely recommend it.


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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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