7.5/10
1,490
12 user 14 critic

Posutoman burusu (1997)

A postman is mistaken for a dangerous criminal by the police.

Director:

SABU (as Sabu)

Writers:

SABU (story) (as Sabu), SABU (screenplay) (as Sabu)
Reviews
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Monday I (2000)
Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A simple funeral turns a man's world topsy turvy.

Director: SABU
Stars: Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Ren Osugi
Drive (2002)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A salaryman is hijacked by bank robbers.

Director: SABU
Stars: Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Ren Osugi, Ko Shibasaki
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Yamazaki has spent a lot of time plotting a robbery of a local bank, but when he actually gets to the bank he finds another robber escaping with the money. Through an improbable chain of ... See full summary »

Director: SABU
Stars: Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Hiroshi Shimizu, Akira Yamamoto
Non-Stop (1996)
Comedy | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A salaryman, a drug addict and a yakuza go on a breathless three man chase through the streets of Tokyo, each for a different reason and fighting demons.

Director: SABU
Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Diamond Yukai, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi
Blessing Bell (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After losing his job at the factory Igarashi aimlessly wanders through Tokyo where he encounters various people and gains insight into their lives.

Director: SABU
Stars: Susumu Terajima, Naomi Nishida, Reila Aphrodite
Ryu san (2017)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Professional hitman Long takes on an assignment in Japan. When things go awry, he has to flee. Badly injured, he takes refuge in a deserted part of a small town.

Director: SABU
Stars: Chen Chang, Shô Aoyagi, Yi Ti Yao
Happiness I (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

the film is about a man who owns a helmet which makes you reexperience your happiest moment of your live. the major in the town he lives wants to use him for his good but the man with the helmet has got other plans....

Director: SABU
Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Orakio, Hiroki Suzuki
Miss Zombie (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Japanese family acquires an undead domestic servant whose presence begins to effect their daily lives.

Director: SABU
Stars: Makoto Togashi, Ayaka Komatsu, Tateto Serizawa
Usagi doroppu (2011)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A man adopts his six-year-old aunt and raises her as his own kid.

Director: SABU
Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Karina, Mana Ashida
Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances.

Director: Gen Sekiguchi
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Reika Hashimoto, Kyôko Koizumi
Shissô (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Shuji and his older brother Shuichi live in a sad resort town that has a virtual wall in its middle. Looking to rise him above his surroundings Shuji meets and interacts with a priest with ... See full summary »

Director: SABU
Stars: Yûya Tegoshi, Hanae Kan, Miki Nakatani
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A fantasy love story that drifts between this world and heaven. Chasuke (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) is in charge of making tea in heaven. He has feelings for a human woman named Yuri (Ito Ohno) ... See full summary »

Director: SABU
Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Ito Ohno, Ren Osugi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ... Ryuichi Sawaki
Keisuke Horibe ... Noguchi
Ren Osugi ... Joe (as Ren Ôsugi)
Kyôko Tôyama Kyôko Tôyama ... Sayoko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Police Chief
Yôzaburô Itô Yôzaburô Itô ... Detective
Konta Konta ... (as Atsushi Kondo-Konta)
Akaji Maro ... Boss of Minato gang
Yutaka Mishima ... Hospitalized patient
SABU SABU ... Kurokawa (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
Hiroshi Shimizu Hiroshi Shimizu ... Domon
Ikkô Suzuki Ikkô Suzuki ... Masayoshi (as Ikko Suzuki)
Tomorô Taguchi ... Profiler
Ryoko Takizawa Ryoko Takizawa
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Killer
Edit

Storyline

Sawaki is a postman who's not quite thrilled about his boring way of life. But his life is about to change when he delivers mail to his old schoolmate Noguchi, who's now a member of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, and just finished cutting his little finger off. Sawaki stays only for a short time and Noguchi manages to smuggle a package full of drugs into Sawakis bag. And, like that's not enough, accidentally his separated finger falls into Sawakis bag too. Because Noguchi has been spied out for quite a while by the police, they think that Sawaki has something to do with his criminal schemings and decide to stick onto his feet. When Sawaki bonds with the fatally ill hit man Joe, it's clear for the police what he must be: A schizophrenic-paranoid, perverse drug dealer, murderer and even terrorist sent from the Yakuza! Written by ToDumbToPickAUsername

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Action | Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | French

Release Date:

16 August 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Postman Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu, Suplex, TV Tokyo See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Woman In The Street: [stopping Sawaki]
[subtitled from Japanese]
Woman In The Street: Mr. Postman, could you send this out?
[Sawaki takes the envelope and puts in the mailbox right next to him]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The entirety of the beginning and end credits are in Japanese, with three exceptions: "A Suplex Inc. Production" and "A Sabu Film" during the opening credits and "Directed by Sabu" during the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Léon: The Professional (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not the best Sabu but still worth seeing
29 January 2004 | by FilmFlaneurSee all my reviews

This film was Sabu's second, and shows many of this auteur's characteristic hallmarks: a concern with drastically ironic coincidences and misunderstandings, effective staging and a striking disregard for naturalism being chief amongst them. It was also the first time that the director used the excellent actor Shinichi Tsutsumi as his leading man. The actor was to reappear very effectively in Monday, Drive, and Unlucky Monday, his stoic face a perfect foil to the director-screenwriter's often bleak view of fate and predations of satirised Yakuza. Tsitsumi's keatonesque presence, and his various misfortunes, increasingly provide the centerpieces to Sabu's films. The weakness of Postman's Blues, to some extent, can be traced back to the fact that the dirctor has not yet found way to situate his hero best at the heart of an ironic narrative.

Most of the present film's confusions take place outside of the hero's ken. Until the end, he remains unaware and is largely unaffected by the game fate is playing with his life. It creates a dissipation of effect, and despite a number of marvellous scenes, it is noticable that the most effective of them (the initial passing of the severed finger into his mailbag, his delivery of the same to the Yakuza boss; some hospital scenes and so on) directly involve Ryuichi. Away from him, the film seems to have no heart: the humour occasionally seems forced, as in the case of the Olympic cyclist sequence, and events loses focus. Sabu has not made this mistake again, and in succeeding features his leading man is conscious of the events being set in motion – an awareness adding immensely to the ironic pathos of his adventures.

For a the best introduction to the crazy world of Sabu, which often reminds one of Jacques Tati writing a Fritz Lang movie, the interested viewer should seek out the marvellous Monday. Having said that, existing admirers of the director – who surely deserves a wider reputation than he has – should see this, as Sabu's misfires are twice as interesting as most other director's successes.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed