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Full Metal Yakuza (1997)

Cast: Takeshi Caesar, Takeshi Caesar, Yasushi Kitamura, more...
Director: Takashi Miike, Takashi Miike
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Arts Magic
Genre: Action, Foreign, Science Fiction , Robots & Cyborgs, Japan, Yakuza, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Japanese horror auteur Takashi Miike directed this bizarre, ultra-violent variation on Robocop. Kensuke Hagane (Tsuyoshi Ujiki) works as a janitor for Tousa, the head of a powerful Yakuza family; Kensuke looks up to Tousa, and wants to join the organization some day. While Tousa is serving seven years in prison, Kensuke is given his chance, but he lacks the courage to do much more than the most menial tasks. Things change, however, when Kensuke is driving Tousa home after his stay in prison is over; the pair are ambushed by enemy gangsters, leading to a vicious gun battle in which Kensuke is mutilated and Tousa is killed. They're rescued by Hiraga Genpaku, a crazed medical genius who rebuilds Kensuke using parts of Tousa's body as well as the latest in bionic technology. Now possessing super-human powers as well as Tousa's impressive physical strength, Kensuke is transformed into a super-Yakuza who sets out to take down the men who killed Tousa and nearly cost him his life. Full Metal Gokudo was originally released direct to video in Japan but won a theatrical release and a cult following elsewhere. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Full Metal Pain by kohnfused1 July 7, 2004 - 2:15 PM PDT
2 out of 7 members found this review helpful
First off, there is nothing that impressed me about this flick. The acting was B-grade, the action was less than ordinary, and the story...well, just think of any kung-fu flick and there you have it. (But without the good action part) Secondly, no, there is nothing else.

A Yakuza Film Like No Other by villain June 7, 2004 - 10:22 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Takashi Miike delivers another great movie filled with absurdity, humor, and violence. This is a flick packed with scenes of gore, sword fighting, a well-hung robo-yakuza who eats metal dipped in sauce, and a decapitated head kicked across a city. I wouldn't expect anything less from Miike.

Oddly enough, Full Metal Yakuza reminded me a lot of The Toxic Avenger. And I'm not referring to Troma's low-budget "values" (no offense to Troma, because I do love ole' Toxie!). Maybe it was the ridiculous nature of the movie, or the humor. Either way, just the thought of a "robo-yakuza" should be enough to rent this flick!

(One warning: although this is listed as "not rated", there are some scenes with full-frontal nudity that are kinda "smudged out".)

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