Thrown together by chance during the robbery of a jewelry store by a Yakuza gang, five women take advantage of the situation to make off with the heist's loot, while a man hunts the same ... See full summary »
Five years after surviving the all-out war between the Sanno and Hanabishi crime families, former yakuza boss Otomo now works in South Korea for Mr. Chang, a renowned fixer whose influence extends into Japan. A relatively minor incident causes tensions to rise between Chang Enterprises and the faraway powerful Hanabishi. The growing conflict gets out of hand and ignites a ferocious power struggle... See full summary »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
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 »
Written by Masafumi Matsubara and Masato Sugimoto
Performed by Naomi Chiaki
Courtesy by Teichiku Records See more »
Really really violent
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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