Shinjuku Triad Society

1995, Action/Mystery & thriller, 1h 40m

4 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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In Japan, a Chinese-born detective tries to free his lawyer brother from the clutches of one of the district's most powerful mobsters.

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Critic Reviews for Shinjuku Triad Society

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  • Shinjuku Triad Society is one of the best specimens of the old Takashi Miike cinema, where story, characters, and violence had the first role instead of the preposterousness that seems to dominate most of his latest films

    July 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • More sober and deliberately paced film than the wild action thrillers that made Miike's reputation, this dark underworld thriller is also less chaotic and explosive, but it has its share of Miike madness...

    April 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Typically unpleasant and confusing effort from Takashi Miike...

    January 2, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • if cop/robber/vengeance themes are your bag, you can get a more intriguing rendition in Dead or Alive

    July 29, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • Shinjuku Triad Society is one of the best specimens of the old Takashi Miike cinema, where story, characters, and violence had the first role instead of the preposterousness that seems to dominate most of his latest films

    July 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • More sober and deliberately paced film than the wild action thrillers that made Miike's reputation, this dark underworld thriller is also less chaotic and explosive, but it has its share of Miike madness...

    April 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Typically unpleasant and confusing effort from Takashi Miike...

    January 2, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • if cop/robber/vengeance themes are your bag, you can get a more intriguing rendition in Dead or Alive

    July 29, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Shinjuku Triad Society

  • Oct 07, 2010
    I'm surprised it's taken me so long to see this excellent film, and I certainly won't take my time with the next 2 in the trilogy. Miike does a great job combining his offbeat and gritty filmmaking style into a yakuza/triad/cop drama. Certainly there are many moments of Miike madness, but it's an excellent crime film as well. Highly recommended, especially to Miike fans.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2009
    <i>Shinjuku Triad Society</i> is an earlier film from Takashi Miike and it is easy to see that he holds nothing back as usual.<p>The plot does have its moments. At first it seems like a cop trying to take down gangsters, but once things pan out it is more of a cop trying to keep his younger brother from falling in with the wrong crowd story. The first 5-10 minutes is pretty difficult to grasp. The atmosphere is being setup and there are introductions for some characters. It is the quick editing that makes it a bit much too handle. Of course, this isn't really all that surprising with Miike in the driver's seat. Fortunately, the film settles down and becomes more watchable.</p><p>The violence is pretty bloody, especially near the ending and the gay prostitution is all over this film. I mean, how many dick suckings is needed in this picture? The fact that the cops rape their suspects to get them to talk is also worth noting.</p><p>Kippei Shiina is quite impressive as the semi-corrupted cop and Tomorowo Taguchi is fitting as a gay Yakuza boss. The supporting cast is also decent enough to not destroy this movie.</p><p>At the end of the day, <i>Shinjuku Triad Society</i> is another Yakuza thriller with the Takashi Miike signature. Definitely not his best work, but a decent and interesting watch nonetheless.
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2009
    Not bad, which is much worse than Takashi Miike's later films. But hey, its his first real film, you gotta give him a break, expecially when most first films suck and don't make it. Still worth a watch, but really hard to watch with the gay prostitution. This is also really contruversial and a ballsy move to pull on your first movie with the gay prostitution, sexual violence, and extreme violence in general.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2008
    Miike has never been a director to stick to one style of shooting during a film, and here he experiments with different lenses and camerawork to create interesting angles. The shock level is high too. There's gore and sexual violence, some of which is necessary to the plot, some less so. But it's never boring... While it is not as accomplished as are many of the director's later films, the movie is a dark depiction of the brutal, harsh lives of gangsters. It is an effective, interesting work and points in the directions toward which miike would later head <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=shinjuku-triad-society-17.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/shinjuku-triad-society-17.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer

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