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Sabu (2002)

When a young man is sent to a prison workhouse for a crime he did not commit his friend on the outside must find evidence to clear his name.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Yô Takeyama (screenplay) (as Hiroshi Takeyama), Shûgorô Yamamoto (novel)
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Credited cast:
Tatsuya Fujiwara ... Eiji
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Sabu
Tomoko Tabata Tomoko Tabata ... Nobuko
Kazue Fukiishi Kazue Fukiishi ... Osue
Kenji Sawada Kenji Sawada ... Okayasu
Naomasa Musaka Naomasa Musaka ... Matsuda
Tatsuo Yamada Tatsuo Yamada ... Ryojiro Kojima
Yoshiki Arizono Yoshiki Arizono ... Yohei
Keisuke Horibe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Giichi
Mayuko Nishiyama Mayuko Nishiyama ... Osono
Ren Osugi ... Heizo (as Ren Ôsugi)
Hiroshi Tamaki ... Kinta
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Toku
Yujiro Taniyama Yujiro Taniyama
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A tale set in the Tokugawa Era. Framed for a crime he did not commit, Eiji is subjected to the harsh realities of the Ishikawa Island workhouse. Sabu, Eiji's longtime friend, must discover who is responsible for Eiji's incarceration, before the prison life consumes him completely. Written by blaza

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jidai geki | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Other People Don't Matter

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 May 2002 (Japan) See more »

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Proof that Takashi Miike is truly a brilliant director
8 January 2004 | by StainBoySee all my reviews

Sabu is a simple, straight-forward friendship/love story with few surprises, very unlike Miike's more popular movies (which have been recognized as some of the most disturbingly shocking and violent films of all time). But what makes this movie better than just an average movie of the week is the direction. The opening 10 minutes are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. And throughout, Miike shows everyone that he can handle a story without sex or ultra-violence with one of the greatest styles the cinema has known. The movie itself is worth seeing at least once, but the directing gives it replay value several times over.


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