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Directed by: Sion Sono 2013 | 126 min.

Section: HIFF Extreme

Premiere: Hawaii

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Genre fans, get excited for the most fun, blood-splattered yakuza dramedy of the year! The newest film from HIFF fan favorite Sion Sono (LOVE EXPOSURE [HIFF 2009], THE LAND OF HOPE [HIFF 2012]) has a little something for everyone: drama, comedy, romance, and of course hard-hitting gangster-on-gangster action. And to top it all off, it’s also a movie about making movies.

Gang leaders Muto and Ikegami have had a long-standing hatred for each other, culminating in Ikegami’s attempt to murder Muto, only to be thwarted by his devoted wife. Fast-forward a decade, and Muto’s only passion in life is to fulfill his imprisoned wife’s dream, to have their now beautiful teenage daughter Michiko (Fumi Nikaido of HIMIZU and RINGING IN THEIR EARS [HIFF 2011]) play the starring role in a feature film. As it happens, Ikegami’s only passion in life now also appears to be Michiko. When Michiko runs away and forfeits her chance at a cinematic debut, Muto will resort to anything to get her film made. All he needs is a director, and the help of his arch-enemy Ikegami. Luckily, unbeknownst to him, there is a hapless, wannabe director in the wings, just waiting for such an opportunity to arise…

Synopsis written by: Anna Page


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Cast & Crew

Director Sion Sono
Screenwriter Sion Sono
Producer Takuyuki Matsuno, Takeshi Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Suzuki
Executive Producer Atsushi Moriyama
Cast Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Fumi Nikaido, Gen Hoshino
Cinematographer Hideo Yamamoto
Music Composer Sion Sono

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