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Gokudô kuroshakai (1997)

Not Rated | | Crime , Drama | 28 June 1997 (Japan)
A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him.

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Takashi Miike

Writer:

Seigo Inoue
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Credited cast:
Shô Aikawa ... Yuuji
Li Wei Chang
Shih Chang Shih Chang
Xianmei Chen Xianmei Chen ... Lili
Billy Sau Yat Ching Billy Sau Yat Ching
Jianqin He Jianqin He ... Chen
Ming-chun Kao Ming-chun Kao ... Lichun Lee
Blackie Shou Liang Ko ... Whorehouse Proprietor
Li-Chun Lee ... (as Lichun Lee)
Doze Niu
Tomorô Taguchi Tomorô Taguchi ... Yuuji's crazed nemesis
Vicky Wei
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A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him.

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Country:

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Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Min Nan

Release Date:

28 June 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Rainy Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Miike goes noir
7 December 2005 | by djoresSee all my reviews

Miike strays off the beaten path to do his own take on 'film-noir' (a tribute to Melville?): limited dialog, moody settings, and deliberately slow development all make for a unique movie in Miike's immense filmography.

As surprising for its subtlety, pace, and precision as for its lack of the standard Miike moments, it is definitely not the director's best (for that see "The Bird People of China", "Ichi the Killer" or "Gozu"), but a great movie for a rainy Sunday afternoon, naturally if you don't mind the occasional yakuza violence.

Could be read as the director's attempt at a character study (usually absent from his work) or an exercise in cinematic economy - in either case it is a movie well-above mediocrity, yet not quite reaching the level of masterpiece.


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