Yuuji, a yakuza who makes his living carrying out assassinations for a local crime boss in Taiwan, is barely scraping by when a woman from his past shows up with some unexpected baggage: his son. But does Yuuji have it in him to be a father?
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The first film in Miike's Black Society Trilogy, Shinjuku Triad Society, had enough intensity, good ideas, and interesting undercurrents that the over-the-top elements (violence/dark humor) off balanced its smarts. Ironically, Rainy Dog sadly takes itself too seriously despite its typicality, and is too lethargic to be entertaining. Only its shift of viewpoint to the hitman victims' family member feels special.