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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.

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Takashi Miike

Writer:

Ichiro Ryu
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Cast

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 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 May 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ley Lines See more »

Filming Locations:

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Beautifully done, if unable to avoid some cliches
12 July 2003 | by mw_directorSee all my reviews

This was a much more character-driven storyline than one might expect from Miike, and very nicely done, although it doesn't exactly score huge points for originality. We have the hooker with the heart of gold, and the usual tale of three disaffected youths trying to better their lot in life, only to fall into a life of crime that leads to disaster. But all of the characters are still sympathetic, and Miike's way of framing his story against the real sense of disconnection that his Chinese characters feel living in Japan is effective (even if American viewers might only pick it out after having a critic more savvy in Asian societal dynamics explain it first). This is also the most gorgeously shot Miike film I think I've seen, rich with deeply saturated and highly stylized colors. 8/10 from me.


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