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Sleepless Town (1998)

Fuyajô (original title)
Kabukicho is a forgotten world. A place where people of different tongues and races meet, where they fight against each other to gain money, power and territory. The struggle which never ... See full summary »

Director:

Chi-Ngai Lee

Writers:

Seishu Hase (novel), Chi-Ngai Lee | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Kenichi Ryuu
Mirai Yamamoto Mirai Yamamoto ... Natsumi Sato
Kippei Shîna ... Wu Fu-chun
Sihung Lung Sihung Lung ... Yang Weimin
Eric Tsang ... Yuan Chenggui
Kathy Chow ... Xiu Hong
Seijun Suzuki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seishu Hase Seishu Hase
Hiroko Hori Hiroko Hori
Akira Inoue Akira Inoue
Akio Jô Akio Jô
Yoshimitsu Morita Yoshimitsu Morita
Hidekazu Nagae Hidekazu Nagae
Toshiya Nagasawa Toshiya Nagasawa
Rô Naruse Rô Naruse
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Kabukicho is a forgotten world. A place where people of different tongues and races meet, where they fight against each other to gain money, power and territory. The struggle which never ends. Based on a dangerous love story which unfolds a dangerous town. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Country:

Hong Kong | Japan

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

27 June 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepless Town See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Throughout the movie, there are a number of times Kenichi would mention about things related to the Romance of Three Kingdosms - interestingly, Takeshi Kanashiro did end up in Red Cliff (as Zhuge Liang) which was based on a famous battle that happened during the era of the Theee Kingdom, See more »

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Very well written and executed
3 October 2004 | by leekandhamSee all my reviews

Sleepless Town was a pleasant surprise for me, a well-written and well-executed film, with a gangster storyline containing enough twists to win a dance contest.

Kenichi (Kaneshiro) is a half-Japanese, half-Chinese man of the underworld. You can sell him anything except children's organs. His domain is in Kabukicho, a gangland controlled by various Shanghainese gangs intent on taking overall control. Things are calm, however, his former partner-in-crime, Fu-Chun, is rumoured to have returned to Kabukicho, having fled years earlier after killing the number two to gangland boss, Yuan (Tsang). Yuan wants to get even and attempts to do so by using Kenichi. Meanwhile, Fu-chun's girlfriend, Natsumi Sato (Yamamoto) turns up to sell something to Kenichi.

It's a complicated plot (not least to describe) and it is even more than I've said already. Plot twists are everywhere in this film, and it's been designed to keep you guessing. And what's more it works.

Takeshi Kaneshiro, heartthrob to millions of teenage girls in Asia, is perfect in his role with his trademark stone cold yet innocent manner. Meanwhile, Mirai Yamamoto, is simply brilliant in her role, keeping everyone guessing as to the motives of her character. And Eric Tsang demonstrates why he is everyone's favourite gangland boss (epitomised in the Infernal Affairs trilogy)

This is a fine movie, and whilst the multitude of unpredictable twists really do push the limits of the story. Any more, it would be incoherent.

Overall, it is a very good movie, and is well worth a watch. One to see.


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