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Gokudô kuroshakai

Takashi Miike Japan, 1997

Jason's rating of the film Rainy Dog

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.