Family (2001)





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Acclaimed director Takashi Miike explores a different kind of family dynamic with this adaptation of Hisao Maki's popular manga following the story of two rival yazuka clans engaged in a bloody battle for underworld supremacy. Notorious hit man Lightning Takeshi has been recruited to take out a powerful mobster, though his contract is compromised when an unidentified woman identifies him before the job is completed. Now forced into hiding along with his family, Takeshi must avoid the wrath of the vengeful rival clan while attempting to come to terms with his growing feelings for the frightened female witness. As the bullets begin to fly, inverterate grudges begin simmering to a boil, and longtime loyalties are put to the ultimate test. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Full Review… | August 22, 2010
Time Out
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Not Miike best but enjoyable none the less, It just lacks Miike's usual crazy originality. pretty violent and pervers and it's always nice to see Kenichi Endo even if all he seems to do is get his schlong out.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

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We’ll be just like James Dean and Audrey Hepburn having a mid day love affair Takeshi is a hitman who was hired to kill a vital member of a yakuza. After executing the job, the two brothers of the deceased, who are also in the yakuza, go on a mission to slay Takeshi. They will stop at nothing to bring down Takeshi, even if it means kidnapping and raping his girlfriend. “What’s that on his cheek?” “Lightening.” Takashi Miike, director of Ichi the Killer, Sabu, Izo, One Missed Call, Agitator, the Dead or Alive trilogy, and Audition, delivers Family. The storyline for this picture is a bit flimsy and the yakuza clan is not developed as well as I would have liked. The acting was mediocre and the film relied more on sexploitation than action. “Imagine her face while you’re screwing her.” Takashi Miike is an inconsistent director. I have found that I either adore his work or I absolutely despise his project. This film was an obvious low budget picture that he tried to captivate the audience with sex rather than storytelling. The main character, Takeshi, had potential; however, he was not developed or presented as well as he should have been. “Are you sure you wouldn’t like to sleep with me just once?” Grade: D

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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