Another Yakuza film from Takashi Miike. This is a familiar story of a Yakuza having to battle rivals and his own gang who betray him. The film kicks off with a very good montage of action and rock music. Its not quite up there with the opening of Dead Or Alive but its still impressive. The story then settles down and, like Dead Or Alive, has a fair bit of dialogue and becomes a bit ponderous. I was never bored by the film but as with all Miike films I have seen I found my self waiting for the next shock moment. This is a strength and a weakness. He makes great scenes but isn't very good at sustaining a story or developing characters. Anyway, things escalate into more voilence. Our protagonist pulverizes some rival Yakuzas with a crow bar. He then blows up a couple of buildings with a bazooka. Its all very tongue in cheek and highly silly and entertaining. Its fairly bloody and in some of the scenes blood splashes all over the camera lens which looks quite cool. There is also plenty of black humour. My crticisms are the underdeveloped story and characters as mentioned before. Also, the ending is a dissapointment and makes little sense. A climatic fight with an awesome amount of fire-power in which no one gets even seriously injured. Interestingly, this was made in the same year as Graveyard of Honor which I think is a better film. The quality of the DVD is average. Its a bit gloomy and there are some subtitle errors. Still, an entertaining 90 mins no doubt.