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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:

Toshiki Kimura (as 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
Show Aikawa ... Ikeda (as Shô Aikawa)
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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Bright, colourful, thoughtful, almost romantic, with a hint of sentiment and funny.
22 February 2019 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

It is clear from this film that director Miike was ready for the 'big time' and indeed moved from this accomplished work to the celebrated Audition, shown all over the world. Ley Lines is a fast moving madhouse of small time crooks, the homeless and the wannabe youngsters. Presumably filming on the go we are in and out of not only alleys and back streets but main streets too with (if you look) slightly bewildered passers by caught in the camera cross fire. Hectic pace, well drawn characters, a simple enough story and lots of wrong doings having to be avenged. Nothing sounds new about this and yet such is the command Miike has of the action that we are swept along as if part of the goings on ourselves. Bright, colourful, thoughtful, almost romantic, with a hint of sentiment and funny.


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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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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