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Silver - shirubaa (1999)

A vengeful woman uses special skills to find the gang that killed her family.

Director:

Takashi Miike

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Hisao Maki (comic), Hisao Maki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Atsuko Sakuraba Atsuko Sakuraba ... Jun Shirogane / Silver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenji Haga Kenji Haga
Shinobu Kandori Shinobu Kandori
Rumi Kazama Rumi Kazama
Hisao Maki Hisao Maki
Fujio Matsushima Fujio Matsushima
Kôji Tsukamoto Kôji Tsukamoto
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A vengeful woman uses special skills to find the gang that killed her family.

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

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21 September 1999 (Japan) See more »

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Cinema Paradise, Museum See more »
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Gonzo film-making on the cheap.
20 April 2008 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

As a testament to Miike's productivity and versatility, in the same year that he finally broke big with Audition and Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha, he still had time to make a S&M-meets-martial arts cheapie like Silver. Truth be told, it's not very good. But it doesn't try to be, so no love lost I guess.

There's a very obvious made-for-TV/video feel and look that somehow suits the material and in the same time bellies Silver's intentions. And so does the paper thin storyline about a female wrestler/karate champ working as an undercover cop, trying to expose corruption in the higher echelons of Japanese society. The story is just a skeleton that Miike uses to hang on his S&M fetishes and cartoon-ish style, and the movie progresses through a series of loosely connected S&M and asskicking scenes. Heck, there's even a softcore scene complete with porn muzak and everything. As you can guess, Silver doesn't try to make a serious statement about corruption in society, even though a shoddy voice-over tries to sneak in a mention about "fear of god" and "not judging others".

Things are very simple here though. Silver is cheap and made to appeal to the fetish crowd. It's very low budget and unpolished (some bad CGI make it all the more obvious) but if BDSM with a dash of martial arts sounds cool to you then it's worth a look. I know I dug it. Plus it's very short too (clocking at a measly 78 minutes) so it doesn't outstay its welcome.


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