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Shangri-La (2002)

Kin'yû hametsu Nippon: Tôgenkyô no hito-bito (original title)
Follows the lives of a group of homeless people in Japan who run into a man who nearly commits suicide and decide to help him out of his financial troubles. Using their various ingenious ... See full summary »

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Takashi Miike

Writers:

Yûji Aoki (novel), Masakuni Takahashi (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Shô Aikawa ... Village headman
Shirô Sano ... Kuwata
Yu Tokui Yu Tokui ... Seisuke Umemoto (as Yuu Tokui)
Midoriko Kimura ... Fusae
Kogan Ashiya Kogan Ashiya ... Uehara
Akaji Maro ... Ookura Nagashima
Takashi Ebata ... Matsui
Yôjin Hino Yôjin Hino ... Takeda
Toshiki Ayata Toshiki Ayata ... Etô
Hôka Kinoshita Hôka Kinoshita ... Umekawa
Shigeru Muroi Shigeru Muroi ... Mari
Yûji Aoki Yûji Aoki ... Attorney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tsutomu Itô Tsutomu Itô
Miyako Kawahara Miyako Kawahara
Masumi Kiyota Masumi Kiyota
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Follows the lives of a group of homeless people in Japan who run into a man who nearly commits suicide and decide to help him out of his financial troubles. Using their various ingenious resources they embark on a complex scheme to blackmail a crooked businessman, whose bankruptcy claim has put people out of work. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Once again, Miike caught me off-guard
8 August 2003 | by cecilparksSee all my reviews

If you thought Miike was nothing but a deviant obsessed with sex and violence (Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q, Audition, etc.), you'll be very surprised by Shangri-La.

A printer is forced to shut down his business after his main client goes bankrupt. That rich client has a lot of property and assets hidden away and doesn't plan to use those assets to pay for his debts. Ridden with shame from leaving his employees without a job, the printer tries to commit suicide but ends up instead in Shangri-La. Inhabited by social misfits, Shangri-La is basically a small group of makeshift houses by a river in an industrial wasteland. The "Mayor" and the "Deputy" of Shangri-La set on to help the printer get revenge on the rich businessman, and make a little fortune while they're at it.

Who would have thought Miike would deliver a solid, tightly-paced, feel-good movie ? Hilarious at times and based on a fantastic script, this movie proves that Miike can and will do anything that inspires him. He has balls of steel and doesn't care what you expect of him.

8/10


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7 September 2002 (Japan) See more »

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