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9 Souls (2003)

Nain souruzu (original title)
Nine convicts escape from prison; most are convicted murders. They commandeer a van from a strip club. Their plan is to find a stash of counterfeit money that a deranged cell mate told them... See full summary »

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Toshiaki Toyoda

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Toshiaki Toyoda
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yoshio Harada ... Torakichi Hasegawa
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Michiru Kaneko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Genta Dairaku Genta Dairaku ... Ichiro Ushiyama
Eita ... Noboru Kaneko
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Restaurant Owner
Asami Imajuku Asami Imajuku ... Kishin
Jun Inoue Jun Inoue ... Nakayama
Itsuji Itao ... Fujio Kamei
Misaki Itô ... Yurina
Chihara Junia Chihara Junia ... Kazuma Kuruma (as Kôji Chihara)
Kazuki Kitamura ... Tamori
Jun Kunimura ... Yamamoto
Kotomi Kyôno Kotomi Kyôno ... Yoshiko
Akaji Maro ... Owner of Candy Shop
Takako Matsu ... Yuki
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Nine convicts escape from prison; most are convicted murders. They commandeer a van from a strip club. Their plan is to find a stash of counterfeit money that a deranged cell mate told them about, divide it, then part ways. They make it to the site where the money is supposed to be hidden, and then one by one, each seeks out the place he wants to be, a version of home, somewhere to connect. Will it end well for any of them? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 July 2003 (Japan) See more »

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9 Souls See more »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Torakichi: We live in the asshole of the universe. Which makes us constipated shit and the guards diuretics.
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A violent road-film about 9 fugitives trying to escape their past in modern Japan. Beautiful, surreal and very original!
23 September 2006 | by europanosSee all my reviews

I watched "9 souls" in Athens' 12th International Film Festival (September 2006), where Toshiaki Toyoda, the films's director was also present and answered many questions of the audience. This road film is about 9 fugitives, all very different characters from each other. They decide to stay together travelling with their red van across Japan. Every time the van stops, we see these 9 fugitives trying to escape from their past in order to build up a new life or to fulfil a dream. However, no matter how hard they try, it seems impossible and their violent past comes after them and leads them to their final destruction.

Though a very pessimistic film, it is not a dark film. On the contrary, it is full of beautiful pictures, surreal elements and elegant humor. Toyoda's heroes cannot escape their "prison" and they face a divine(?) punishment for their "crimes". They are small pieces of a beautiful painting, where the tower of Tokyo depicted as a huge knife turned upside down prevails!


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