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The City of Lost Souls (2000)

Hyôryû-gai (original title)
Violent gangster movie with a Brazilian protagonist.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Seishu Hase (novel), Ichiro Ryu

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Cast

Credited cast:
Teah Teah ... Mario
Michelle Reis ... Kei
Patricia Manterola ... Lucia
Mitsuhiro Oikawa Mitsuhiro Oikawa ... Ko
Kôji Kikkawa Kôji Kikkawa ... Fushimi
Ren Osugi ... (as Ren Ôsugi)
Akaji Maro
Anatoli Krasnov Anatoli Krasnov ... Khodoloskii
Sebastian DeVicente Sebastian DeVicente ... Rikardo
Terence Yin ... Riku
Atsushi Okuno Atsushi Okuno ... Carlos
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Kuwata
Eugene Nomura ... Yamazaki
Marcio Rosario Marcio Rosario ... Sanchez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masa Kanome ... Young Lover
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Storyline

Japanese-Brazilian Mario and Chinese hairdresser Kei are lovers. Kei is about to be deported. He manages to escape. His plan is to get passports and stow away on a ship headed for a foreign country. With his girlfriend he tries to steal money from the mafia. Instead he gets cocaine which he sells. But Kei is captured by Yakuza and he must save her... Written by Killer-40

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, language, sex and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

8 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The City of Lost Souls See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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Budget:

JPY 2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A hybrid piece from Miike
20 March 2006 | by scobbahSee all my reviews

What can I say... Takashi Miike is one whose movies I enjoy more and more these days and The City Of Lost Souls isn't an exception. The piece itself is about a Brazilian protagonist and his girlfriend, trying their best to cross the border from Japan to Taiwan. They stumble upon trouble on the way, interfering with Yakuza's business and the outcome becomes a quite fast-paced roller-coaster action with violence, punchlines, and, I must add that there's also a great load of comedy here.

Anyone expecting hardcore violence throughout the entire piece may get disappointed. If you got some distance though and are open for hybrid stuff then this piece won't disappoint you. It awesome and funny, with a great mixture between the raw and cold violent scenes and the funny, surprising scenes of comedy. The language mix between Brazilian Portugese, Mandarin and Japanese is just a great additional bonus.


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