This movie takes place in Tokyo in the near future, in a ghetto inhabited by immigrants from all over Asia. The ghetto is called Yentown. The story revolves around a group of poverty-stricken immigrants, to whom a sudden twist of fate gives the opportunity to literally make money and thus realize their dreams. Unfortunately, their luck is not without it's consequences, and even if they get what they've always dreamed of, they may realize they've chasen the wrong dream. This may not be the most original of ideas, but the story is told with such energy and originality, and with such sympathetic characters, that the viewer soon forgets the familiriaty of the basic plot. The director obviously loves all his characters and so will you; the black boxer with the innocent soul of a child, the philosophical doctor/tattoo-artist, the American who speaks only Japanese, the killer with the black&white painted face and the cool female sniper are all wonderful characters and these are just the small roles! The standout character is the 16 year old girl "Ageha" played by the superb Ayumi Ito. There are only few movies that are so emotionally powerful and complex, without being kitschy and this is the best example that they exist. It has been a long time ago that i last saw such an tragically wonderful, beautiful picture. This masterpiece has it all: tragedy, humour, violence, humanity, and it shows how brutal and wonderful life can be. Highly recommended.