The plot concerns a struggle for power amongst Tokyo's Yakuza clans, today just as likely to be playing the stock market as shaking down pachinko parlors, over which the Sanmo-kai clan holds sway in the face of constant betrayal and ever-changing allegiances. The Sanmo-kai chairman learns that his henchman Ikemoto has struck an alliance with the drug-dealing Murase family, and is not best pleased, to say the least. The ensuing retaliation triggers an orgy of killings, territorial invasions and score settling while law enforcement officers are too corrupt to intervene.Written by
Palm Springs Internation Film Festival
Murase's limo is a Nissan Fuga, the company's flagship model in the Japanese domestic market. Variants of the Fuga are sold as the Infiniti M line in other areas of the world. See more »
At the bathhouse killing sequence, Ôtomo enters the steam room and sees four guys. However, the camera captures him killing three men and omits the fourth guy on the right corner, which never reappears in between shots during the shooting and also when the dead bodies appear in another sequence. See more »
A very well-executed movie in terms of directing and acting, and it's a decent watch for anyone who enjoys a good mafia movie, or a yakuza movie as the case may be. However, there is nothing new on display. It blends in with the masses and masses of movies in its genre.
Throughout the entire movie, I kept feeling a sense of lack. This lack was a lack of sympathy you feel for these characters, and the lack of understanding for the system on display. You don't understand what's going on until about an hour into the movie, and by then it's a little too late to care. There's a little too much shooting first, and too few questions asked. I believe Kitano really tried to write a movie that could stand among classics like Scarface and the Godfather in terms of epics, but fell short.
However, I would say the movie is worth a watch, if only to see what the movie could've been.
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