Jun Ariyoshi works in a gay bar. One night, one of the customers pesters him and a terrible fight breaks out during which Jun kills the man. Jun does not show the slightest sign of remorse and is put in prison. One of the inmates is a young man named Shiro Kazuki, who wears strange-looking tattoos and whose remarkably penetrating looks can kill.
From the outset, Shiro makes brutality and violence his trademark and, as a result, soon makes his way up the hierarchy of those behind bars. Jun, who is more introverted, feels drawn by Shiro’s strength and decisiveness. Shiro accepts Jun because he is the only one on the inside who sees him for what he is. They gradually become friends, and then, a couple. Determined to let nothing and no-one come between them.
Then, however, an incident occurs. A prison warder is witness to a young man strangling another prisoner with all his might in the communal hall. Shortly afterwards, the victim breathes his last. It is Shiro. The young prisoner turns around. The guard observes the inmate’s tear-stained face as he admits: “I did it.” It is Jun.
Japanese director Takashi Miike is well known for films that make a decisive break with taboos and conventions, and for his ruthlessly graphic portrayal of violence. In this film, however, he is also keen to find an explanation for the outbreak of violence. What could have caused Jun’s terrible deed? —Berlinale
A highly prolific and controversial Japanese filmmaker, Takashi MIIKE was born on August 24, 1960 in Yao, Osaka, Japan. Under the guidance of renowned filmmaker Shohei IMAMURA (a two-time Palme d’Or winner at Cannes), Miike graduated from the Yokohama Vocational School of Broadcast and Film.
Miike’s first films were television productions, but he also began directing several high-quality direct-to-video releases. His theatrical debut came in 1995 with Shinjuku Triad Society, and its success gave him the freedom to work on more ambitious projects. One of the most successful Japanese directors currently working, he has also garnered a strong cult following in the West that is growing rapidly as more of his films become available in translated form on DVD.
Some of Miike’s most popular films include Audition, the Dead or Alive trilogy, Ichi the Killer, Gozu, Izo, and Big Bang Love, Juvenile A.
Miike has achieved international notoriety for depicting shocking scenes… read more
While occasionally violent, as well as a tad surreal, Big Bang Love is not the usual chaotic frenzy typically associated with Takashi Miike. More drama than genre, it thoughtfully searches for answers in a crime being worked on by detectives, as they try to find reason for where none may be. The framing is wonderful and alone warrants a viewing.
OMG! Why is Trier in the Related films section?! This is nothing like it! Miike is WAAAAAY beyond Trier!
An added bonus of discovering Takashi Miike’s films on DVD is following the director’s progress through special-feature interviews, which are