on 30 March 2010
This flick starts with two dim-witted robbers arguing inside a bank with hostages being held at gun point; the problem being that the vault is empty. Although he wears a mask throughout the movie, long standing Miike fans will instantly recognise the voice of Kenichi Endo (Visitor Q) who's on fine comic form in this comedy gangster flick. Sho Aikawa (Zebraman) is the low ranking detective assigned with handling the botched heist but he too is sadly underused. Tomoro Taguchi (Full Metal Yakuza) is given a larger role than usual but fails to make the most of his screen time; but, it's always a treat to see the Miike regulars reappearing in his flicks - it's like bumping into old friends you haven't seen in a while.
Kazuki Kitamura has just been released from incarceration after serving a ten year prison sentence and he's searching for his ex-boss and an old female acquaintance; both individuals disappeared at the same time. He's joined in his quest by an orphaned schoolgirl he has just met stranded on the streets and the women in question turns out to be the little girl's estranged mother. Hindering their quest is the loose cannon crime boss, acted emphatically by Goro (Graveyard Of Honor). A hit man stalks the streets searching for the ideal location to carryout his contracted assignment and two teenage lovers go on an armed robbing spree across town.
Eventually, all the characters in these small stories will become one when the flick reaches its slightly disappointing conclusion. But, their is a lot of fun to be had along the way as the viewer is treated to some more outrageous Miike humour that has been finely integrated with violent action scenes that have become regular themes throughout his career. If you want a strong plot, then you may want to look elsewhere, but if your goal is to find something that will make you laugh and shake your head in disbelieve, then add this item to your basket - its great fun but nothing more.
on 18 March 2010
A good film in its own right, great action and comedy.
Amazing if you've played the game as they've brought the game's city and characters to life.
Some great acting and violent scenes that incorporate some amazing comedy moments, you must get this and enjoy it yourself as it's a rare gem.