City of Lost Souls

Film
A popular novel by Seishu Hase (the sequel to Sleepless Town, filmed in 1998 by Lee Chi-Ngai) gets the full Miike treatment. What's left of the storyline is buried under an avalanche of absurdist comedy, over-ripe action, bent romance and movie parodies. Indeed, the author appears briefly to give the destruction of his book his blessing. Brazilian-Japanese Mario (first-time actor Teah) saves his Chinese girlfriend Kei (Reis) from being deported and then hijacks a ton of cocaine to finance their disappearance. Assorted cops, pervy Chinese triads and ruthless Japanese yakuza get in the way. Not a Miike classic, largely because it takes Mario's boring macho image at face value, but it does have compensations: the heretical vision of Tokyo as a multi-cultural whirl of street parties and ethnic broadcasting, the opening pastiche of Italian Westerns, and the out-of-nowhere sideswipe at The Matrix.

By: TR

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Takashi Miike
Screenwriter: Ichiro Ryu
Cast: Teah
Michele Reis
Koji Kikkawa
Mitsuhiro Oikawa
Terence Yin
Akira Emoto
Eugene Nomura
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