Ishimatsu is a low-life nobody working as a dishwasher in a restaurant until one night he hastily saves a Yakuza boss from an attempted assassination (Miike cast himself as the failed assassin). As a reward for his bravery, the boss incorporates Ishimatsu into his family where he rapidly rises to a prominent position within gangster hierarchy, but his unyielding personality accompanied by a brain boiled temper soon land him a five year stretch in the slammer. His prison duration binds not only a friendship with a rival gang boss but also a habit forming bond to narcotics, in particular, Heroin. Like a bird freed from a cage, Ishimatsu glides directly back into the wildlife of the Yakuza but a simple misunderstanding on his part results in him fatally shooting his boss and desperately seeking refuge from his ex-prison buddy. Now, Ishimatsu and his wife are living in squalor to evade the repercussions of the Yakuza family he has betrayed whilst trying to avoid the law and their warrant for his arrest for attempted murder. Plagued by fevered dreams and delusions of grandeur, Ishimatsu descends into a cold blooded merciless sociopath bent on revenge to exact his rampant nihilistic cravings in a penetrating meditation on human nature; demonstrating that man's worst enemy is often himself. Miike's raw and grim remake is a very bittersweet experience, but nonetheless, another top-notch piece of cinema from the master of storytelling loaded with his trademark humour and uncompromising shock tactics.