RAINY DOG, appearing early on in Miike's sudden, surprising career as artist of note, is intriguing in that it demonstrates a certain fidelity to the world and mindset of conventional noir. It is distinguished especially by being a fish-out-of-water story wresting a fascinating kind of grimy exoticism from its Taipei locations. Also makes intriguing use of the central LONE WOLF AND CUB conceit. Serious genre cinema.
Typical hardcore foreign gangster film is my cup of tea. This film reminds me of a mixture of the dragon and Bruce Lee. In this film the main character has little use for people and is a loner, he develops a nonchalant attitude maybe because he works for seriously tough hitman. His wife becomes seriously ill and he is not making enough money so he does what he has to make sure his wife does not die. this film is ok
This brooding hit an drama is positively restrained compared to Miike's usual madness and shows the director to be more multifaceted then you would first imagine. Still ice cool and starkly violent when necessary but with an emotional core and a surprisingly poignant (and brave) ending.
The second of Takashi Miike's Black Society Trilogy, this eschews the more obvious quirks and shocks in favour of a surprisingly restrained (for Miike anyway) drama that shows the journey of a hitman, the mute child placed in his care, and a prostitute who ends up joining them in an unorthodox little family unit. Very good stuff, although a bit of time could have been taken to make the finale more affecting.
This Japanese gangster film seems quite un-Miike-like. It's your basic Yakuza flick with a few twists here and there. Former gangster gets assassin work, a young kid follows him around like a lost puppy, and the skies seem to never stop raining. Heck, the rain IS its own character in this movie. Ultimately, it didn't end up exciting me much. It was just kinda... okay.
It is possible to make great gangster films, it can be done in an intelligent way. This was just boring. Directing was workmanlike at best, acting was amateurish (except the excellent Lily)... it's mostly devoid of humanity or sophistication which is no mean feat considering it features the reliably compelling theme of 'criminal forced to care for an abandoned child' (See "Tsotsi" instead.) A banal, immature film.
Don't you hate it when you're barely making ends meet as a hitman for the mob, and then some one-night stand from nine years ago suddenly dumps a son on you that you didn't know you had? And then you get involved with a prostitute, and that makes your otherwise barely-interesting existence just drag on and on and on, so you want to blow your brains out because it's all so boring? Yeah. Hate that.
Another intense thriller from Miike, following a hitman in an unusual relationship with a hooker and son. A sequel to "Shinjuku Triad Society" in themes only, it of course delves into intense violence. But this movie is one of the most straightforward and coherent bits produced by Miike, making it really enjoyable.
Well, what a little gem.Through all the congested roads and smog and violence, there are some lovely moments that really endeared me to this film. The boy is wonderful, the whole passage of scenes with the puppy, the first smile, only to get knocked back at him. And dad, with all his superstitions,and his cold ability to do his job. The joy of the moped scene, and then, the finale. Ah-chen will probably get his man.
The bloody ganster redeemed by the unpolluted innocence of a child, a perennial theme now treated in indie fashion. Nothing seems to stand out in this early Miike's pretty average take and perhaps the most remarkable feature is the somehow anti-climatic end, a convoluted and fairly preposterous wrapping-it-all-up with a fluke.
Rainy Dog is a cool action packed flick. Also a Japanese film which was considered to have controversial material in it. The main character is an assassin who begins working for a big time crime boss. The assassin gets in a relationship with a hooker, and has a mute child with him. It is interesting to think that this film is considered to cause some controversy. Especially Seeing many other films made in America.
This movie starts really graphic with him cutting cows meat and just dramatically shift to a worker killing another worker. The movie made you feel like you were in there with the characters. For an older film, it really did a good editing for example with the blue specks covering his genitals. The movie didn't have long dialogue but used more sounds to express emotions. The lowkey lighting gave a gritty feel.
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.