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The Guys from Paradise (2000)

Tengoku kara kita otoko-tachi (original title)

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Yôji Hayashi (based on the novel by), Izô Hashimoto (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Kôji Kikkawa Kôji Kikkawa ... Kôhei Hayasaka
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Katsuaki Yoshida
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Toshiyuki Umino
Hua Rong Weng Hua Rong Weng ... Jun Sakamoto
Kenji Mizuhashi Kenji Mizuhashi ... Filipintaro
Kazuhiko Kanayama Kazuhiko Kanayama ... Koji Sugimori
Nene Ohtsuka Nene Ohtsuka ... Namie Mishima
Mai Oikawa Mai Oikawa ... Miyuki Hayasaka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monsour Del Rosario
Toshiyuki Kitami Toshiyuki Kitami
Mitsuhiro Oikawa Mitsuhiro Oikawa
Hideo Sako Hideo Sako
Naoto Takenaka
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Country:

Philippines | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese | Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

16 June 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Prisonniers du paradis See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Character based drama that works well
21 August 2003 | by christophaskellSee all my reviews

Miike does not wish to be pigeon-holed. Along with such disturbing films as 'Ichi the Killer' or action films like 'City of Lost Souls', he produces touching stories like 'The Bird People of China' or 'Guys From Paradise'. The first hour and a bit takes place in a prison, where businessman Kohei Hayakawa (Koji Kikkawa, who was also in Miike's City of Lost Souls) gets thrown into prison for possession of heroin and quickly finds that without money and bribes there's no hope of escaping. Whether he's guilty is not the question, rather how much money he's willing to give to the corrupt warden, and judge, and lawyer, etc.. He gets thrown into a jail cell with three other Japanese men and when they find out he's in for heroin possession he is instantly their best friend. The base of the story is betrayal, and how when things are going right it seems like you can trust everybody, but as soon as you wind up in prison all of those connections forget about you, or do something to betray your trust. It's this common understanding that unites the Japanese men in prison, and they hold their end through some very thick trouble. I wouldn't say it's Miike's best work, but it is definitely a solid film, and proves he is capable of much more than shock cinema. Rating: 25/40


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