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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 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 »

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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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Underrated
21 July 2004 | by MagnusVultureSee all my reviews

Honestly, I have to disagree. You have all the right to your opinion and I'm not criticizing or arguing with you. I just think it's one of the most subtle, interesting Yakuza movies I've ever seen. Subtlety may throw some as inconsequential nothingness. I dunno, I think by and large Japanese cinema, even mainstream Japanese cinema, is incredibly subversive. On the surface this looks like a weepy gangster movie about five losers who steal then get killed. I think underneath it's about the underdog being crushed by the ruling powers, in this case...five losers who steal then get killed. I dunno, I love it. Gonin 2 is lame as hell though.


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