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54 Ratings

The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji

Mogura no uta - sennyû sôsakan: Reiji

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 2013
Action, Crime


Reiji is basically a failed cop. The idea is that he will also be a failure as a mole – undercover in the Japanese Mafia – but even his demise is a failure. And it is a loud, colourful and violent failure.

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The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji Directed by Takashi Miike

Critics reviews

After the relatively conservative Shield of Straw, Mole Song is, with its extreme violence, hectic pace (especially in the opening 10 minutes), incomprehensible storyline and surreal comic touches, a welcome return to the lurid delirium that has now been firmly implanted as the prolific Miike’s trademark.
March 23, 2014
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No edition of the IFFR is complete without a second-tier Takashi Miike film, and this year it was The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, a not-all-that-funny, very broad comedy about an inept beat cop who is recruited to infiltrate a yakuza gang. As with most Miike films, it has its moments but wears out its welcome long before the end.
March 05, 2014
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There is no reason to invest or attach oneself to The Mole Song’s drama, no matter how earnest, because its movements and mechanics are rote, its characters flat, its straightforward parts overlong; when funny, when exuberantly mixing the wacky and the serious, the film is electrically thrilling, as in its energetic first act time-jumbled juggle of the police firing its most moral cop and then training him to go undercover in a series of set-piece yakuza ruses.
January 26, 2014
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