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Gokudô kuroshakai

Takashi Miike Japan, 1997

Nick Schwab's rating of the film Rainy Dog

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.