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Ley Lines (1999)

Nihon kuroshakai (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 22 May 1999 (Japan)
A group of Chinese youths living in Japan struggle to make their way in life and eventually find trouble with the local crime syndicate.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Ichiro Ryu
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Credited cast:
Kazuki Kitamura ... Ryuichi
Tomorô Taguchi ... Chan
Dan Li Dan Li ... Anita / Chinese prostitute
Naoto Takenaka ... Wong
Michisuke Kashiwaya Michisuke Kashiwaya ... Shunrei
Samuel Pop Aning Samuel Pop Aning ... Barbie
Shô Aikawa ... Ikeda
Far-Long Oh Far-Long Oh ... Anita's Pimp
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takeshi Caesar Takeshi Caesar
Yukie Itou Yukie Itou
Yôzaburô Itô Yôzaburô Itô ... Anita's sadistic client
Ryûshi Mizukami Ryûshi Mizukami
Ren Osugi ... Junkyard owner (as Ren Ôsugi)
Manzô Shinra Manzô Shinra
Shun Sugata ... Cop
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A group of Chinese youths living in Japan struggle to make their way in life and eventually find trouble with the local crime syndicate.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Another Miike bullseye
23 October 2003 | by jtourbroSee all my reviews

Ley Lines is the third installment in the Triad Society trilogy, and like the others this is a (almost) serious film. It revolves around a group of outsiders (sound familiar?) trying to survive in the rough Osaka neighborhood. The movie has a very nostalgic atmosphere and since it revolves around the yakuza world, there are a couple of "Miike-highlights" in this one, however without compromising the atmosphere or tone of the film. So like Shinjuku Triad Society this one is sort of a mix between the serious and insane, and a great movie to boot.

8/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 May 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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