The Wicked Reporter

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

More than his indie debut Skinless Night, this was the film that launched Mochizuki on his distinctive trajectory through the crime and yakuza genres. Matsuzaki is a racing tipster for a sports paper, a lowlife who spends half his time drunk, hangs out with yakuza and other riff-raff and complicates his sex life by succumbing to advances from his girlfriend's sister. As played by Okuda, he's also a figure of considerable hangdog charm. Less a plot-based movie than a guide to the several forms of high stakes gambling in Japan, this centres on his attempt to help a friend swindled in a bent mahjong game. Korean-Japanese actor Haku Ryu appears (memorably) as an inscrutable yakuza in a black leather jacket. The film's success led to two sequels.

By: TR


Release details

100 mins

Cast and crew

Rokuro Mochizuki
Eiji Okuda
Haku Ryu
Maiko Kawakami
Keiko Suzuki
Makoto Kakeda
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