AGITATOR (araburu tamashii-tachi) (2001 JAPAN) D: TAKASHI MIIKE W: SHIGENORI TAKECHI P: FUJIO MATSUSHIMA/ SEICHIRO ISHII
Very long (150 mins.), somewhat rambling but rewarding gangster flick chronicles a gang war instigated by young punks fed-up of the reasonable, business-like submissiveness of their gang elders when it comes to a hostile takeover. Less outrageous than fans of Miike`s more well-known works may expect (although a raped woman does have a microphone shoved up her asshole near the beginning), it`s an assured, edgy piece with a great cast. Masaya Kato, Ryosuke Miki, Naoto Takenaka, Kennichi Endo, Masatoh Eve, Mickey Curtis, Renji Ishibashi, Akiko Kana, Hitoshi Ozawa, Hakuryu and Hiroki Matsukata (from Kinji Fukasakau classics like HOKURIKU PROXY WAR). Takechi went on to write several more for the Director.

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