7.2/10
323
5 user 5 critic

Kôshônin (2003)

After a convenience store robbery, three unidentified men hold a group of people hostage in a hospital. Inspector Ishida and Captain Tohno handle the negotiations while one of their ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) (as Kôta Yamada)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Katayama (Aikawa Sho) is on the way home to his wife and little daughter when he stumbles on a gang of punks beating up an innocent man. Katamaya decides to help the stranger and ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Shô Aikawa, Aiko Satô, Ken'ichi Endô
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When his beloved boss is killed, a dangerous young gangster cuts a path of vengeance through the Japanese mafia.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Riki Takeuchi, Ryôsuke Miki, Ken'ichi Endô
Agitator (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A fearless Yakuza captain's loyalty is tested as two ambitious underbosses attempt a takeover of both his clan and a rival Yakuza gang.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Taisaku Akino, Mickey Curtis, Yoshiyuki Daichi
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A barkeeper saves a Yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However his fear of nothing soon causes problems.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Narimi Arimori, Yoshiyuki Daichi, Hirotarô Honda
Kikoku (Video 2003)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two brothers in a very small branch of the Japanese crime syndicate must make a hard choice when their loyalties are stretched in too many directions.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Riki Takeuchi, Yûta Sone, Mickey Curtis
Zebraman (2004)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A down-and-out school teacher receives the calling to become the real life personification of an old television superhero, Zebraman.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Shô Aikawa, Kyôka Suzuki, Atsuro Watabe
Sabu (TV Movie 2002)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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
Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tomoko Tabata
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Cult Japanese director Takashi Miike draws inspiration from the popular Playstation 2 title Yakuza for this unhinged tale of underworld violence in Tokyo starring Goro Kishitani and Kazuki ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Kazuki Kitamura, Gorô Kishitani, Shun Shioya
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A member of a Yakuza gang exacts revenge on the people responsible for the death of his boss.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Masaya Sato, Shôko Aida, Naomi Akimoto
Gozu (2003)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Yûta Sone, Shô Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino
Blues Harp (1998)
Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ambitious yakuza Kenji befriends harmonica-playing bartender Chuji, who moonlights as a part-time drug-dealer for the opposing gang. Their friendship is threatened by Kenji's plans for ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Seiichi Tanabe, Saori Sekino
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Hiroshi Mikami ... Inspector Ishida
Mayu Tsuruta ... Capt. Maiko Tohno
Shirô Sano ... Lt. Ando
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken'ichi Endô ... Convenience store clerk
Masatô Ibu ... Ishida's boss
Renji Ishibashi ... Counselor Kanemoto
Kumi Nakamura ... Mrs. Ishida
Shigemitsu Ogi
Oji Osuga ... (as Ohji Ohsuga)
Kenji Takechi ... SAT
Yôji Tanaka
Edit

Storyline

After a convenience store robbery, three unidentified men hold a group of people hostage in a hospital. Inspector Ishida and Captain Tohno handle the negotiations while one of their colleagues, Lt. Ando, tries to find out why the men decided to take the hospital hostage. Through flashbacks, relevant information is revealed to the audience. When the negotiations are finished, most things seem to be fine... until they lose track of the criminals. Then, the story unveils from a different perspective, its roots in feelings of love and vengeance. Written by Rebeca C.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

official website [Japan]

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 August 2003 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Negotiator  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Iranian guy: Let's watch the bunnies!
Chinese guy: You always watch the bunnies.
White guy: Dirty ol' man! Penis man, penis man.
Chinese guy: Penis man, you sausage.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good, but not one of Miike's best
3 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Three men in motorcycle helmets rob a 7-11, then hole up in a hospital with the staff and patients as hostages. Two negotiators take charge of the scene, analysing the criminal's behavior to assess their psychology and intentions in an effort to resolve the crisis without any loss of life. As the film progresses, various clues suggest that the case is not as straightforward as it appears on the surface.

THE NEGOTIATOR is one of Takashi Miike's more low-key films, one of only 5 he directed in 2003 and allegedly made for TV, though it seems to be shot on film and with reasonably high production values. Since it's a pretty sedate drama without any of Miike's excursions into violence, gore, sex, fantasy or general bizarreness, it's the sort of film where a little budget can go a very long way, I guess. Miike plays this one pretty straight, delivering the story as conceived by the original novelist without injecting his own whimsical ideas (I am assuming a lot here). It doesn't feel much like a Takashi Miike film, to be honest, but one of the man's strengths is his chameleon-like ability to adopt totally different styles. There's no diversions into black humour or genre-smashing, but elements of the story-telling techniques and editing do betray his touch. He clearly feels his script and cast are capable of making a strong film without his spicing it up - and he is largely correct.

The result is a solid drama that engages the brain and the heart, but lacks the invention or wit that Miike delivers in his more personally styled films. Whilst the film does definitely hold some surprises, I am fairly sure they should be attributed to the original novelist rather than the director. It's a good film, and Miike's skills as a director certainly can't be called into question because of it, but it's not one of those films that you couldn't imagine any other director on the planet having produced - which just means that it's not one of Miike's best :)


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page