HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Apostle
Distant Voices, Still Lives
Hereditary
Cup Fever
Peril for the Guy
3 Days in Quiberon
Club, The
Best F(r)iends: Volume 1
Pili
Suspect, The
Baxter!
Dead Night
Thoroughbreds
Ghost and the Darkness, The
Strike Commando
Molly
Full Alert
Up the Academy
Darling Lili
Tehran Taboo
Follow That Bird
I, Olga Hepnarová
Finders Keepers
Breadwinner, The
All About Steve
Bad Samaritan
Dangerous When Wet
Us and Them
Rockula
King, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
3 Simian Slashers: Phenomena, Link and Monkey Shines
When is a Jackie Chan Movie Not a Jackie Chan Movie? Armour of God and City Hunter
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 2
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 1
I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
Time Trap: Last Year in Marienbad and La Jetée
Gaining Three Stone: Salvador, Natural Born Killers and Savages
Right Said Bernard: Cribbins on DVD
1969: The Year Westerns Couldn't Get Past
A Network Horror Double Bill: Assault and Death Line on Blu-ray
The Edie Levy: Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Ciao! Manhattan
   
 
  Shinjuku Triad Society Buy this film here.
Year: 1995
Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Kippei Shiina, Takeshi Caesar, Kyosuke Izutsu, Ren Osugi, Tomorrow Taguchi, Airi Yanagi
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: With Shinjuku Triad Society, perverse, dust-driven director Takashi Miike takes a look at brotherhood – as in both organised crime and genuine blood relations. Pencil-moustachioed copper Tatsuhito Kiriya (Kippei Shiina) is trying to save his younger brother Yoshihito (Shinsuke Izutsu) from the clutches of the nefarious Dragon’s Claw Society, a Chinese crime syndicate composed entirely of human garbage dragged from the filthiest ghetto gutters and clad in Armani suits, whose speciality – amongst drugs and sex, of course – is organ-running. Leader of the pack is longhaired greaser Wing Zhi Ming (Tomorrow Taguchi); his antics include poking out an old lady’s eyeball and, even more disturbing, flashing dirty-old-man style at a rival don.

Mind you, Tatsuhito is no angel, his hard-line police methods making Michael Howard’s new zero tolerance policies look like an SWP picnic! I don’t want to give too much away, but please heed my advice: Next time you’re taken in for police questioning, don’t use the phrase, “I’ll be buggered if I know!” Miike’s penchant for sexual deviancy doesn’t stop there; several boy-on-man blow-jobs later and I knew that if it weren’t for the presence of the gorgeous Eri Yu, I’d never get an erection again. Even when she’s having a real bummer, she’s real hot stuff.

The good bro’/bad bro’ thing has been used in cinema time and time again, so it’s got to be a pretty good movie that can inject something new and exciting into the story. Although this is neither as epileptically fast nor as outrageously violent as, say, Fudoh, when it does kick off, it kicks off. By no means a high octane action flick, nor a balanced, intelligent piece of drama, Shinjuku Triad Society’s real strength lies instead in its filthy menagerie of psychotic characters. Tell me, can you really complain about a character driven movie that makes you feel as if you’ve become lost in the Adults Only tent at Amos Von Spakker’s Curious Retard Side-show? Thought not…

Aka Shinjuku Kuroshakai: China Mafia Senso
Reviewer: Wayne Southworth

 

This review has been viewed 3676 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Takashi Miike  (1960 - )

Japan’s most controversial director, notorious for his dauntingly prolific output and willingness to push the boundaries of taste. Miike started working as an assistant director in the late 80s, before moving into making straight-to-video thrillers in 1991. He made his feature debut in 1995 with the violent cop thriller Shinjuku Triad Society, and since then has averaged around seven films year.

His best best known pictures are the deeply twisted love story Audition, the blackly comic gorefest Ichi the Killer, cannibal comedy musical Happiness of the Katakuris and the often surreal Dead or Alive trilogy. Films such as The Bird People in China and Sabu showed a more restrained side. With later works such as samurai epic 13 Assassins and musical For Love's Sake he showed no signs of slowing down, reaching his hundredth movie Blade of the Immortal in 2017. A true original, Miike remains one of the most exciting directors around.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Steven Seagal
Pam Grier
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Paul Shrimpton
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
  Patrick Keenan
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
  Afra Khan
   

 

Last Updated: