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Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)

Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 26 August 1995 (Japan)
Amidst a Chinese and Japanese mafia war, a lawyer for the Chinese mob finds a rift forming between him and his corrupt police office brother.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Ichirô Fujita
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Credited cast:
Kippei Shîna ... Kiriya
Tomorô Taguchi ... Wang
Takeshi Caesar Takeshi Caesar ... Karino
Ren Osugi ... Yakuza boss (as Ren Ôsugi)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Police Captain Matsuzaki
Yukie Itou Yukie Itou
Yôzaburô Itô Yôzaburô Itô
Kyosuke Izutsu Kyosuke Izutsu
Shinsuke Izutsu Shinsuke Izutsu ... Yoshihito Kiriya
Kazuhiro Mashiko Kazuhiro Mashiko
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Manzô Shinra Manzô Shinra
Masahiro Sudô Masahiro Sudô ... Ishizaka
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka
Airi Yanagi Airi Yanagi
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Amidst a Chinese and Japanese mafia war, a lawyer for the Chinese mob finds a rift forming between him and his corrupt police office brother.

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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 August 1995 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Shinjuku Triad Society See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Kiriya: Bruh.
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Can you just say "A great film"?
30 May 2004 | by NyagthaSee all my reviews

A lot has been said about Shinjuku Triad Society as the first true "Miike" film and I thought this sort of description might have been a cliché. But, like all clichés, it is based on the truth. All the Miike trademarks are here, the violence, the black humour, the homosexuality, the taboo testing and the difficult to like central character. Shinjuku is however, one of Miike's most perfectly formed films. He says in an interview that if he made it again it would be different, but not necessarily better. I think what he means is that the film possesses a truly captivating energy and raw edge which seems so fresh that although he might be able to capture a more visually or technically complex movie he could not replicate or better the purity of this film.

As you might expect, the violence is utterly visceral, gushing blood and gritty beatings are supplemented by a fantastic scene in which a woman has a chair smashed over her face. (Only a Miike film could let you get away with a sentence like that.) The film has a fantastic pace, unlike Dead or Alive which begins and ends strongly and dips in the middle. Dead or Alive also deals with similar issues, Miike is clearly concerned about the relations between the Japanese and Chinese in the postwar period and this emotive subject is handled well here, the central character really coming to life when you begin to understand his past.

I cannot sing Shinjuku's praises enough. I do not want to give away too much. This is Miike before he began to use CGI to animate his films and is almost reminiscent of something like Kitano's Sonatine. The central characters are superbly realized and the final twist guarantees that as soon as the film has finished you'll be popping it back on again to work it all out.


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