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Scrap Heaven (2005)

The lives of a young cop, a sanitation worker and a brooding pharmacist violently intersect on a bus that's hijacked by a suicidal political flunky, then cross paths again months later.

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Sang-il Lee

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Sang-il Lee
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ryo Kase ... Shingo Kasuya (as Ryô Kase)
Joe Odagiri ... Tetsu Katsurai
Chiaki Kuriyama ... Saki Fujimura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jiro Dan Jiro Dan ... Dr. Yoshida Seiichiro
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Detective Yabuta
Tadayoshi Katô Tadayoshi Katô
Sôryû Konno Sôryû Konno
Hidekazu Mashima Hidekazu Mashima
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Shimada
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Nurse Sato
Akira Shoji Akira Shoji
Sawa Suzuki Sawa Suzuki ... Misa Aikawa
Takama Suzuki Takama Suzuki
Tetsushi Tanaka Tetsushi Tanaka ... Bus hijacker
Tatsuo Yamada Tatsuo Yamada ... Tetsu's father
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A cop, a sanitation worker and a pharmacist intersect on a late bus ride that's hijacked by a suicidal political flunky. Shingo is a miserable young desk cop bucking for homicide division. Tetsu is a restroom cleaning attendant who has a mentally ill father and a penchant for mischief. And Saki is a petulant druggist/chemist who was born with one eye and keeps her disfigurement hidden behind shades. Months after the hijacking, the trio reintertwine as they playfully seek revenge for their unhappy lives, until the games become deadly serious. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Japanese

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October 2005 (Japan) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Perfect for what it is
14 November 2008 | by polysicsarebestSee all my reviews

Scrap Heaven is a beautifully-directed, well-acted, tightly-structured film about 3 people who are completely different except for their grim view of life, and they each want to cause their own form of revenge on the world. Their paths cross one night and then continue to cross willingly and unwillingly over the duration of the movie, and their similarities become more apparent as the film goes on. The end to each character's story isn't completely satisfying, and there is a lot of vagueness regarding certain motivations of the people in this film, but all in all the film remains a clever, dark, hilarious, and DIFFERENT viewpoint of modern Japanese society...

Yes, themes of emotional detachment, societal servitude, repressed thoughts and feelings are nothing new in Japanese films... but this film explores all these themes with a sense of humor and some ridiculousness. The end is a bit predictable, and the film seems to sometimes wander when trying to make its point, but I can safely say I was never bored with this film... and I've thought about it nonstop since I finished watching it. Just a really great film.

Also: I noticed, at times, a strange parallel between this film and Fight Club, actually, and I'm sure I'm alone in this. Some of the acts of anarchy, and one of the main character's blatant Tyler Durden-isms (including his choice of clothes) had me wondering. It's nothing that crazy or distracting from the rest of the film, just worth noting.


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