In this live-action yarn based on a popular Playstation 2 game, fearsome yakuza Kazuma Kiryu (Kazuki Kitamura) is back on the streets after a decade in prison. But the first thing on his agenda is helping a young girl (Natsuo) find her missing mother. Complicating his mission is the fact that the woman in question is his childhood sweetheart — and that a lunatic gangland rival (Gorô Kishitani) is on Kiryu’s tail.
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
another one of my fave miike films in recent years. here, the carnivalesque has completely invaded everyday life, with little semblance left of the organised division between work and leisure. kishitani goro is outrageously fun as the deranged yakuza bent on getting back at just-out-prison kitamura kazuki. love also korean actor gong yoo's assassin, like the quiet eye of the storm.