The Fire Within

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There's nothing startlingly original about this tale of a gangster trying to go straight on his release from prison (no, he doesn't succeed for long), but Mochizuki finds a fresh, sidelong slant on even the most hackneyed situations. Yoshio Harada - a laconic tough guy in the Takeshi Kitano mould - makes Kuni a decent, if impatient man. His actions carry real weight, allowing the director to develop an unexpectedly romantic tone.

Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rokuro Mochizuki
Screenwriter: Toshiyuki Morioka
Cast: Yoshio Harada
Reiko Kataoka
Sho Aikawa
Yashushi Kitamura
Noriko Hayami
Eiji Okuda
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Tom

A middle-aged Yakuza is released from a long stretch in jail and tries to go straight. It's a story told a hundred times before, but Onibi earns its place among the better examples through its heart, understatement and the evocation of the sun-bleached urban sprawl of Japan.

benjamin ross

watched this last night with 2 friends, we all thought it was great...i think it's some kind of masterpiece. why the hell did the time out reviewer 'TCh' have to inform us that the protagonist fails in his mission to go straight! i hope u read this 'TCh' whoever the hell u are and learn not to give the game away....we want to be surprised when we watch a movie, especially one as good as this so keep your mouth shut next time, PLEASE!!!

benjamin ross

watched this last night with 2 friends, we all thought it was great...i think it's some kind of masterpiece. why the hell did the time out reviewer 'TCh' have to inform us that the protagonist fails in his mission to go straight! i hope u read this 'TCh' whoever the hell u are and learn not to give the game away....we want to be surprised when we watch a movie, especially one as good as this so keep your mouth shut next time, PLEASE!!!