Love the photography. I'm not quite sure what film stocks Japan used back then but the colour and texture in Ley Lines look great and very much of the time. 90s films are starting to age and I love it.
Miike's enigmatic and very compelling finale for his Black Society Trilogy explores one of his most recurrent themes: outcasts in society. The story is told in broad strokes, and little by little we get to know the characters. Miike just loves to dive into the world of misfits and outcasts in Japan, and his adoration for these characters is contagious.
This country-mice-in-the-big-city movie is kinda pure vintage late-90s Miike. Few filmmakers have ever done such sterling service to the central injunction of Marcel Carné 1933 essay "When Will the Cinema Go Down into the Streets?" LEY LINES feels especially embedded. Something burrowing in. Something frantically navigating fraught urban space. It is strangely balletic. Also, of course, bombastic. A scum opera.
A great noir-like crime picture by the legend that is Takashi Miike. A very sincere and human film, although extremely violent like many of his other works. How this dude was able to make 100 films since I was born is beyond me. The fact that he was able to make a few masterpieces is even more incredible. The fact that he made many masterpieces is even more astonishing. Long live Takashi Miike.
I'll be the voice of dissent and tell you right now, this is Miike's best film. It's not as immediately likeable as Rainy Dog, but give it another watch in a year. It sticks in the mind. It's so memorable because it has a sense of space and culture that is utterly convincing, but it's sprinkled with bits of magical realism that make this dreary tale come to life. That makes it feel like a substantial memory.
I think the movie and plot were well put together. I'm not sure what it is but the picture in the film look different from American films of today and around the same time as this one. At some points in the movie the picture was very dark then in others it was super bright.Ley Lines had many different setting from in the city of japan to country side in china, which to me gave me the feeling of actually being there.
Ley lines /leɪ laɪnz/ are apparent alignments of land forms, places of ancient religious significance or culture, often including man-made structures. They are ancient, straight 'paths' or routes in the landscape which are believed to have spiritual significance. The penultimate shot is mesmerizing.