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By Tom Mes

This version encompasses a new and elevated color part, thoroughly up to date DVD info, and a number of other fresh studies of Takashi Miike movies that have been unavailable for assurance on the time of the book's preliminary construction.

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Spotting a yakuza boss (Shingo Yamashiro from Last Run) going into a hostess club with several women in tow, they feel rich enough to do the same. After an evening-long binge, they are presented with a bill of precisely one million yen. Makoto and Eij! are unable to pay up and are chased out of the club by the bouncer, who turns out to be none other than blind swordsman Zatoichi, protagonist of a series of popular swordplay action films (chambara) from the 1960s. Broke and severely hung over, the two boys think up new plans to make easy money when Eiji spots a job ad in the paper promising an income of 50,000 yen a day.

The two make love in Junpei’s hotel room, but unbeknownst to himY6ko is now a heroin addict and Gaisho’s lover. She helps the yakuza leader capture Maki and, creating ‘j the illusion that she has been kidnapped too, gets Junpei to bring the money (which was hidi:, den inside a punching bag in his old boxing gym) to Gaisho’s office. the truth aboutY6ko. In a final showdown on the roof, Y6ko is torn between her love for Junpei 1-. and her allegiance to Gaisho, who orders her to shoot her boyfriend.

F r i e n d s h i p w i t h P e r u v i a n - J a p a n e s e g a n g s t e r T s u j i i a r e a n a t t e m p t a t f o r m i n g a g r o u p a n d &an environment to which they can all feel they belong. However, they never succeed at cre? sting a real unit. Yomi and Ruby are together but they never become true lovers, due to the shadow of Tagami hanging over their partnership, while Tsujii moves in and out of Yomi’s WOtfd and can’t escape his ties with the Okumura group. It’s interesting to note that despite I ; this, t h e y d o f o l l o w t h e p a t t e r n o f d i s i n t e g r a t i o n : i n t h e c o n f r o n t a t i o n w i t h t h e T a i w a n e s e , ” Tsujii is killed.

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