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Tattooed Life (1965)

Cast: Hideki Takahashi, Hideki Takahashi, Masako Izumi, more...
Director: Seijun Suzuki, Seijun Suzuki
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Studio: Homevision
Genre: Drama, Crime, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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In Japan, the gangsters wear tattoos. A lot of tattoos. In fact, without their clothes, it almost looks as if they are wearing a particularly tight-fitting, gaudy ensemble. When two brothers who want to quit the gangster life go to work in a mine, they are harassed by the other miners because their tattoos identify them as gangsters. When the younger brother is killed, the older one must avenge him. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

less yakuza, more fugitive by Popnfresh November 8, 2007 - 3:41 PM PST
The synopsis must be a Babelfish translation.

This isn't a yakuza movie in the "Youth of the Beast," or "Yakuza Papers" mold. The yakuza plotline is a tool putting the main characters on the run and in jeopardy. Not every supporting character wears aviators, and no fingers are harmed during the making of this film.

This film takes place in Showa 1, and there are references to the Kwangtung army and Manchukuo. The backdrop of a coastal town and suggestions of Imperial ambitions gives the film a nice historical context to fit between the plethora of post-war films and Meiji era films, though this isn't a film of nation shaping events.

The pacing and direction are good, though a subplot involving a mother-figure is slightly oedipal.

um, incorrect symopsis by rtarcher July 23, 2007 - 10:08 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
but who cares
most of the film i found a little boring and excessively sentimental for suzuki
but then towards the end we get some of those nice comic book style surreal fight scenes
almost made sitting through the rest of the soap opera worthwhile
you know, the stuff that tarantino ripped off

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