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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.

Director:

Takashi Ishii

Writer:

Takashi Ishii
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

KIRE tara tomaranai! [Japan]

Genres:

Action | Drama | Crime

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Five See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References Rififi (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Akai hana
Written by Masafumi Matsubara and Masato Sugimoto
Performed by Naomi Chiaki
Courtesy by Teichiku Records
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A superb movie with wit...
3 June 2003 | by BrucevaSee all my reviews

I watched Gonin about 3 times by now and still I have to say that it is a great movie even if evaluated under different perspectives. Each character is a profound mixture of different shapes. Out of a certain kind of despair every person in the movie develops its unique behaviour which is a result of their lifes they were living. Gonin includes many interesting themes such as homosexuality, childhood, fear and last but not least what life can make out of every person when it crushes upon you. Lately it appeared to me as if the modern hero has to be an introvert ruthless killer without emotion and basically I have to say that those tendencies are found in Gonin as well - Although it is rather an antihero who is presented in Gonin by the actor Takeshi Kitano in the role of the killer taken into service by the Yakuza-boss. The most remarkable scene as far as I'm concerned is the one where the story of the weird man, having lost his job, comes back home after they had stolen the money from the Yakuza. Gonin is a movie with great suspense and, if watched carefully, with profound and emotional content.


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