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Grasshopper (2015)

Gurasuhoppâ (original title)
Notes Based on the novel "Gurasuhoppa" by Kotaro Isaka (published July, 2004 by Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd.). Filming begins July 7, 2014.

Director:

Tomoyuki Takimoto

Writers:

Kôtarô Isaka (based on the novel by), Takeshi Aoshima (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Kujira
Kumiko Asô ... Sumire
Toyotaka Hanazawa Toyotaka Hanazawa ... (as Hanazawa Toyotaka)
Haru Haru ... Yuriko
Tôma Ikuta Tôma Ikuta ... Suzuki
Renji Ishibashi ... Terahara
Norihito Kaneko Norihito Kaneko ... Terahara Jr
Jun Murakami ... Iwanishi
Ozuno Nakamura
Nanao ... Hiyoko
Hiroshi Suzuki Hiroshi Suzuki
Ryûdô Uzaki Ryûdô Uzaki ... Bourei
Ryôsuke Yamada ... Semi
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Asagao
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Storyline

Movie contains the stories of three people: Suzuki (Toma Ikuta), Kujira (Tadanobu Asano) and Semi (Ryosuke Yamada). Suzuki is a former middle school teacher. His girlfriend was killed, which led him to quit his job and attempt to take revenge on her murderer. To do so, Suzuki has to infiltrate the underground world of criminals. Kujira is a contract killer for hire. He makes his targets fall into confusion and eventually commit suicide. Semi is a contract killer who uses a knife to take out his targets. Written by Dyutiman Biswas

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 November 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A very watchable crime thriller with a satisfying end.
17 July 2016 | by subratjain1See all my reviews

I had been seeing grasshopper listed on Kissasian for quite a few weeks but I always gave it a miss as there were no reviews to be found. I decided to give it a go as I didn't have anything else to watch last evening and wasn't disappointed.

The movie mainly deals with Suzuki, who's fiancée has been killed in a traffic accident orchestrated by a crime lord Terahara. He decided to take revenge by infiltrating the gang after receiving an anonymous tip uncovering the actual person behind the crime. While doing so his fate collides with numerous others including the gang members and several hit men hired by Terahara.

I wouldn't say that the film is some sort of a masterpiece as the story is something that you must have seen several times before. But what makes this film watchable is the way it has been filmed. The end too was highly satisfying not leaving anything to the imagination.

The plot unravels a bit slowly and the director takes ample time to introduce us too the characters involved and develop them at the same time. The script seems a bit over used but the screenplay saves the movie from being another run of the mill thriller.

The acting ranges from average to good and actors never drop the ball. One actor I really liked was "Nanao". Apart from the fact that she's is amazingly pretty, she lit up the screen whenever she was in it with sheer raw talent. She acts flawlessly and shows what it takes play bada$$ gangster on the screen. She gives an amazingly intense performance and I loved her angry grunts and outbursts.

If you have liked films like the Suspect X series you may find this interesting, although its not a investigative drama. My advice is to give it a go if you enjoy Japanese drama every now and then.


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