For his fifth or sixth film of 2002 — one easily loses count — Takashi Miike adapts Kinji Fukasaku’s 1975 gangster classic Jingi no Hakaba about a doomed love affair between a renegade yakuza and his long-suffering girlfriend.
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A dishwasher-cum-Yakuza "uncle" quickly points out to his peers how laughable their codes of conduct are. They attempt to destroy him to preserve their way, yet they do so by beating up women, cutting off thumbs, and a host of back- (and front-) stabbing. Y'know, honorable stuff. The lethargic jazz that runs under all this is a requiem for these gangsters' delusion.
I've only seen this and "Gozu", and I'm still rather wary and uncertain about what to make of Takashi Miike's style and take on things. It's not so difficult to understand this one, especially the character of Rikuo who I see as feeling a lack of faith in the yakuza system by the time he is out of prison, thus his further derangement throughout the film. But I am still undecided...
a fantastic remake of the Kinji Fukasaku yakuza classic. Miike flexes a more traditional visual style in this film, which allows Goro Kishitani to be front and center with his tour de force performance as Rikuo Ishimatsu
I'm not sure if I've ever seen a film so confidentely anarchic. Graveyard of Honor takes all the demonstrative exploits of the crime genre and amplifies them, celebrating in a fireworks show of unsophistication. It's more than pulp, more than exploitation. It's Miike. And I'm pleased to meet him.