Black society trilogy

Black society trilogy

DVD - 2017 | Japanese
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Shinjuku triad society: Shinjuku triad society protrays a world of alienation, corruption and emotional disintegration that finds its expression in murder, rape and the ultimate in the exploitation of a human being.
Rainy dog: Rain dog continues the theme of alienatiion, as an outcast yakuza Yuji lives as a hit man on the fringes of the Taiwanese criminal world. When a former one-night stand catches up with him, he is unexpectedly saddled with what may be his real son. A sense of responsibility is born in Yuji, as he uses his lethal skills in an attempt to find some sort of haven for his newly found family.
Ley lines: Ley lines finds the darkness of racial bigotry in the heart of Japanese society and bureaucracy. Three boys of mixed race seek to escape from Japan, but their search brings them up against dangerous gang boss Wong, who holds the key to their departure.
Publisher: United Kingdom : Arrow Video, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: JPN MOVIE BLA
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (302 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 14, 2018

After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of V-cinema in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one's place in the world. His first films made specifically for theatrical release, and his first for a major studio, the Black Society Trilogy was the beginning of Miike's mature career as a filmmaker and they remain among the prolific director's finest works.
Set in the bustling Kabuki-cho nightlife neighborhood of Tokyo, Shinjuku Triad Society follows a mixed-race cop (Kippei Shiina, Outrage) struggling with private issues while hunting a psychotic criminal (Tomorowo Taguchi, Tetsuo the Iron Man) who traffics in children's organs. Rainy Dog, shot entirely in Taiwan, is about an exiled yakuza (Dead or Alive s Show Aikawa) who finds himself saddled with a son he never knew he had and a price on his head after the Chinese gang he works for decides to turn on him. Ley Lines moves from the countryside to the city and back, as three Japanese youths of Chinese descent (including The Raid 2's Kazuki Kitamura) seek their fortune in Tokyo, only to run afoul of a violent gang boss (Naoto Takenaka, The Happiness of the Katakuris).

Feb 14, 2018

Directed by Takashi Miike (三池 崇史) in 1995-1999, this 3-DVD package includes three episodes that depict the gangster-world involving Chinese triads and Japanese yakuza.
Although it supplies black humor, the overall impression seems like a B-movie with gratuitous violence and bizarre, if not disgusting, sex scenes.
After all, the scripts appear sloppy, unrealistic and amateurish.
Even a fine director cannot make a good movie out of a bad script.

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