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The Five (1995)

Gonin (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Drama, Crime | 16 January 1998 (USA)
Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers.


Takashi Ishii


Takashi Ishii
2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Kôichi Satô ... Mikihiko Bandai
Masahiro Motoki ... Junichi Mitsuya
Jinpachi Nezu ... Kaname Hizu
Kippei Shîna ... Jimmy
Naoto Takenaka ... Shohei Ogiwara
Takeshi Kitano ... Ichiro Kyoya (as Beat Takeshi)
Kazuya Kimura Kazuya Kimura ... Kazuma Shibata
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisuke Iijima Daisuke Iijima
Yôzaburô Itô Yôzaburô Itô ... Yakuza
Ryô Iwamatsu Ryô Iwamatsu ... Man at the toilet
Maiko Kawakami Maiko Kawakami ... Hostess at Pinky
Chiaki Kuriyama ... Ogiwara's daughter
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Shikine
Eiko Nagashima Eiko Nagashima ... Saki
Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Yasumasa Ogoshi
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Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers. Written by Hans Wadsten <dubl@swipnet.se>

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KIRE tara tomaranai! [Japan]


Action | Drama | Crime


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Did You Know?


Takeshi Kitano's eye patch was real; before filming, he made a serious accident with his motorcycle and resulted an injury at his eye. See more »

Alternate Versions

Japanese Laserdisc contains the 119 min. Director's Cut of the movie, approx. 10 Minutes longer than the international version. Additional scenes show more character development as well as some extra shots of violent scenes. Somehow interesting, this version omits the ending of the movie, when the killer and the last one left of the "Gonin" die in their seats at the bus while the bus driver and the small group of young women enters the bus and they all drive away with the two unrecognized dead men. This cut seems to be made because the full length ending wouldn't have fit on the second side of this laserdisc. See more »


Followed by Gonin 2 (1996) See more »


Akai hana
Written by Masafumi Matsubara and Masato Sugimoto
Performed by Naomi Chiaki
Courtesy by Teichiku Records
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Really really violent
19 June 2001 | by devil.playthingSee all my reviews

Wow, nothing short of a masterpiece IMO. Brilliantly filmed, edited, scored, acted, scripted and directed... in fact I don't think I could fault the film in any aspect. Be warned that it is violent though. Very violent. Stylish, surreal and very very violent - one of the most violent films I've ever seen in fact. Not HK-style millions of bullets and a huge body count (counting survivors in GONIN is more appropriate), but a much more japanese style of brutal, realistic violence. Takeshi Kitano films are obviously a good point of reference, though GONIN isn't a Kitano film at all, despite his prominence on the Ocean Shores DVD case. His part is actually very small (but classic Kitano).

The plot involves a guy who runs a disco, who gets into financial problems, so he borrows money from the Yakuza that he then can't pay back. He comes up with a plan to rob the Yakuza of their own money, and assembles a "motley crew" to carry out the plan. This annoys the Yakuza. You don't want to annoy the Yakuza.

The style of the film is somewhat reminiscent of the Korean film NOWHERE TO HIDE, but more violent. Did I mention that it was really violent yet? I'd probably take bets on the director of NTH having seen GONIN before making his film in fact.

I think that's all you need to know. If you're a fan of Takeshi Kitano, extreme Japanese cinema and very well crafted films, get GONIN in your next order.

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