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Miike Madness, Vol. 2 (1998)

Director: Takashi Miike
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Studio: Ryko Distribution
Genre: Action, Comedies, Drama, Foreign, Horror, Science Fiction , Robots & Cyborgs, Japan, Killer Critters, Adventure, Crime, Gangsters, Yakuza
Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese
Subtitles: Japanese

BIRD PEOPLE OF CHINA: A lyrical, visually stunning work that deviates considerably from Takashi Miike's signature gorefests, BIRD PEOPLE IN CHINA nonetheless explores many of his unifying themes; these include that of outsiders in pursuit of happiness in a foreign land, and a complex and unlikely relationship, played out this time between a mobster and a quiet businessman. Wada is a handsome salaryman who works for a jade company interested in mining a recently-discovered vein that runs through a remote village in China. The company sends Wada to investigate its purity, and en route he encounters a yakuza intent on securing a share of the company's profits for the mob. Together they set out for the village, guided by Shen, an old Chinese man whose sense of direction is doubtful. But Wada and the Yakuza are in constant conflict, irritating each other at every opportunity. Upon their eventual arrival in the village, they discover a picturesque idyll where the children receive instruction in flying, and during their stay the visitors each gain valuable insights into themselves, ultimately wondering if they should ever leave. The depth of the characters, the breathtaking scenery, and the slow, dreamlike pacing make this film a magical, poetic experience that is sure to enchant and haunt its audiences.

OSAKA TOUGH GUYS: Petty hoods Makoto and Eiji join up with the yakuza and partake in lots of rowdy antics and minor crime. But when their friend Keiko gets pressured into making a hardcore S&M video, the buddies must get serious to get her out of trouble.

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