Blues Harp

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

The plot has a kinship with Performance: a middle-ranking yakuza hides out from enemies in a small blues club and finds himself falling in love with its (straight) owner, the son of a black American GI and an Okinawan woman. It turns out to be a fatal attraction, because the gangster's deputy gets so jealous that he works up a plan to get the musician killed. Characteristically, Miike tackles the material head-on, using the setting (Yokosuka, the US military base seen in Imamura's Pigs and Battleships) and strong images (Yamamoto also shot Hana-Bi) to orchestrate a 'blues' for a doomed and predominantly one-sided love affair. With great performances from Ikeuchi (the musician) and Tanabe (the yakuza), it's as soulful as they come.


Release details

106 mins

Cast and crew

Takashi Miike
Toshihiko Matsuo, Toshiyuki Morioka
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi
Seiichi Tanabe
Saori Sekino
Mickey Curtis
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