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Shin Jingi no Hakaba
     

Shin Jingi no Hakaba

Director: Takashi Miike

Cast: Goro Kishitani, Narimi Arimori, Shingo Yamashiro

 
For his fifth or sixth film of 2002 -- one easily loses count -- Takashi Miike adapts Kinji Fukasaku's 1975 gangster classic Jingi no Hakaba about a doomed love affair between a renegade yakuza and his long-suffering girlfriend. Whereas the original film was set in the poverty of Japan's immediate postwar era, this work is set during Japan's yen-flushed bubble

Overview

For his fifth or sixth film of 2002 -- one easily loses count -- Takashi Miike adapts Kinji Fukasaku's 1975 gangster classic Jingi no Hakaba about a doomed love affair between a renegade yakuza and his long-suffering girlfriend. Whereas the original film was set in the poverty of Japan's immediate postwar era, this work is set during Japan's yen-flushed bubble era of the 1980s through the economic malaise of the 1990s. The film opens with Rikuo Ishimatsu (Goro Kishitani) coming to the aid of crime lord Sawada (Shingo Yamashiro) with guns a-blazin' in a slick Chinese restaurant. The grateful godfather makes Ishimatsu his under boss, though he quickly establishes himself as a loose cannon with a hair-trigger temper. His first meeting with his future common-in-law wife Chieko (Narimi Arimori) is short and violent: He rapes her in a hostess club. Not only does she not press charges, but she falls for the brute. Later, Ishimatsu is thrown in jail for killing a loan welsher where he becomes friends with Imamura (Ryosuke Miki), a lieutenant in a rival gang. When Ishimatsu finally gets out of stir, both Sawada and Chieko are waiting for him. He quickly rises the ranks of the gang power structure, only for him to blow it over a misunderstanding over a ten-million-yen loan. Ishimatsu's temper gets the better of him, and causes harm to all close to him.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
The film's protagonist, Ishimatsu (Goro Kishitani), is loosely based on the real-life criminal Rikio Ishikawa, although his story has been moved forward in time to the 1980s and '90s. Ishimatsu is a particularly unappealing character: a paranoid, brutish, hot-tempered lout who doesn't seem capable of expressing his emotions except through rape, assault, and murder. Director Takashi Miike approaches his story with a cold sense of detachment and doesn't make much of an effort to get inside Ishimatsu's head. Instead, Miike revels in the excessiveness of Ishimatsu's lifestyle, including his self-destructive violence and drug-addled craziness. This isn't a movie to watch for in-depth character development or profound sociological insight, although Ishimatsu could be considered a symbol of a nation in turmoil. It's also not a movie to watch if you want to avoid displays of misogyny, and Ishimatsu's common-law wife, Chieko (Narimi Arimori), isn't sufficiently developed as a character to make sense of her part in the relationship. The film doesn't even have the heady sense of throwing convention to the wind that you can find in Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris, for example, since it's a relatively straightforward gangster film. But it's still a pretty solid effort with just enough over-the-top moments to keep it from becoming too conventional. Miike doesn't go completely overboard at every chance, but he does seize the opportunity to show torrents of blood, spurting vomit, and several examples of Ishimatsu behaving like a lunatic. So if you're a fan of Abel Ferrara and Martin Scorsese's bloodier moments, for example, you might enjoy this film.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
UPC:
0737187011870
Original Release:
2002
Source:
Animeigo
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:11:00

Special Features

Interview Special "Making of" Featurette; "Making of" Teaser; Premiere Special; Press Release Interviews; Image Gallery; Theatrical Trailers; Interactive Program Notes

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Graveyard of Honor
1. Introduction [6:54]
2. Brutality [8:25]
3. The Joint [8:07]
4. Wrong Answer [7:22]
5. Choosing Sides [7:49]
6. Fallout [9:14]
7. Looking For the Problem [7:51]
8. Payback [7:00]
9. Strung Out [7:35]
10. Partners [3:17]
11. Capture [6:33]
12. Prison Food [11:29]
13. Betrayal [6:31]
14. Drug Crazy [7:06]
15. Alone [7:00]
16. Confrontation [7:14]
17. Fly [3:43]
18. Credits [4:46]

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