A world-weary yakuza in Tokyo is assigned to take his clan to Okinawa to help settle a dispute between two factions. He's suspicious of the assignment, but he goes, and within a couple days, his role remains unclear and several of men are dead. He retreats to a house on a remote beach to wait. The first night there , he rescues a young woman from an assault, and they develop a playful relationship. Over time, it becomes clear he's been set up, sent to Okinawa so that others can take over his lucrative territory. As his clan dwindles, he plans a revenge. But, what if he's successful? What is there to life anyway?Written by
A deep moving piece, trapped in the image of an action film
From the cover, to the idea of a film about Yakuza may start up images of this being a violent action film with gangs shooting off guns, dealing drugs, and chaos in the streets (Wong Kar-Wai's Fallen Angels had a similar problem, from what I heard). Violent it can be at times, but action it is not. If one wants to try and disagree, look closely at the last 5 minutes. This is a slow, but very ambitious film about how going down the wrong path and no longer being able to take it. It features little dialouge, but strong presence and meaning. Where even it's little to no action scenes can mean more than just words and violence.
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