Shinjuku Triad Society (Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô) (1995)
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Critic Reviews for Shinjuku Triad Society (Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô)
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...
Typically unpleasant and confusing effort from Takashi Miike...
Audience Reviews for Shinjuku Triad Society (Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô)
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.
Shinjuku Triad Society is an earlier film from Takashi Miike and it is easy to see that he holds nothing back as usual.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of the day, Shinjuku Triad Society is another Yakuza thriller with the Takashi Miike signature. Definitely not his best work, but a decent and interesting watch nonetheless.
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
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