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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of he best Yakuza action movies there
This is one of he best Yakuza action movies there is out there, a must add to the collection for films of this genre!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely different
With a fast pace and plenty surprises, this is a lot more entertaining to a western audience than Made In Hong Kong films which tend to miss the mark on western humour. It was pleasantly surprising to see the situations the characters got themselves into, and the production was wonderfully weird! At one hour fifty minutes it's got a lot to do and overall receives a thumbs...
Published on 12 Jan. 2002 by Gordon


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3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely different, 12 Jan. 2002
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With a fast pace and plenty surprises, this is a lot more entertaining to a western audience than Made In Hong Kong films which tend to miss the mark on western humour. It was pleasantly surprising to see the situations the characters got themselves into, and the production was wonderfully weird! At one hour fifty minutes it's got a lot to do and overall receives a thumbs up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Madcap and slightly dull film from the director of "Battle Royale", 21 Aug. 2013
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This is a rare movie to find - so it may be worth getting just for the sake of owning it. I wanted to see another movie by the director of Battle Royale Kinji Fukasaku; so i tracked this one down on amazon as it looked closest to replicating the gleeful chaos of battle royale, while his other older crime movies looked too heavily dialogue based; although i definitely enjoy dense crime thrillers so will check his older yakuza films out later.

While this movie does indeed have a wild pace and an anarchic edge; it also ends up feeling a little flat after the initial "triple cross" of the title is over and done with early on in the film. The moments leading up to the betrayals and other double and triple cross scenarios are very exciting and tense; but the movie runs out of tricks too early and about one third of the way in it becomes a routine action film about a guy trying to get his money back from someone who betrayed him.

There are some interesting characters here though and i definitely want to re-watch it to get the full experience of all the quirks of these characters and about what makes them tick that the director did indeed put in to the film. The movie is shot at a frantic pace and the acting is over the top; its fun overall but it just never re-captures the excitement of the opening act. The movie shoots itself in the foot with a great opening and overlong conclusion. You can definitely see Kinji fukasaku gearing up for battle royale here as well; as there is an underlying generational commentary about old guys vs youngsters and what drives their actions in terms of morals and philosophy. But most of this is lost in the chaos of noisy car chases and shootings. Sonny Chiba is also wasted here; so don't buy this for his brief involvement (although he is fantastic in it).

I will re-watch this, and it may grow on me; but as it is, its still a great little rare Japanese action film; nothing mind blowing, but charming nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of he best Yakuza action movies there, 19 Feb. 2015
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This is one of he best Yakuza action movies there is out there, a must add to the collection for films of this genre!
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