Shinjuku Triad Society

Shinjuku Triad Society (新宿黒社会 チャイナ マフィア戦争, Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô) is a 1995 Japanese film directed by Takashi Miike. The film is one of the earliest examples of Miike's use of extreme violence and unusual characterization, two aspects he would become notorious for. The film is part of the Black Society trilogy and is followed by Rainy Dog and Ley Lines.

Shinjuku Triad Society
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byTakashi Miike
Produced byTetsuya Ikeda
Toshiki Kimura
Ken Takeuchi
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa
Written byIchirô Fujita
Starring
Music byAtorie Shira
CinematographyNaosuke Imaizumi
Edited byYasushi Shimamura
Release date
1995
Running time
100 minutes
CountryJapan
Language

PlotEdit

The film recounts the interactions of the Dragon's Claw triad society and its homosexual leader Wang Zhi-Ming with a renegade police officer named Tatushito as well as opposing yakuza organizations. When Tatsuhito's younger brother Yoshihito becomes the lawyer to the triad society, an argument between the two brothers leads to the downfall of the organization.

CastEdit

Actor Role
Kippei Shiina Kiriya
Tomorowo Taguchi Wang
Takeshi Caesar Karino
Ren Osugi Yakuza boss
Sabu
Yukie Itou
Kyosuke Izutsu
Kazuhiro Mashiko
Airi Yanagi

ReleaseEdit

Shinjuku Triad Society was released in Japan on 26 August 1995.[1]

ReceptionEdit

Sight & Sound noted the film was similar to the gangster films of Kinji Fukasaku, while noting that "scenes such as the one where sodomy is used as a police interrogation technique bear Miike's unmistakable signature."[2] Time Out London stated that "Even viewers hardened to the perversities which tend to crop up in Japanese exploitation genres may find themselves rubbing their eyes at some of the images and incidents in Miike's extremist thriller" and that "Miike's stylish, gleeful direction establishes him as the most distinctive new 'voice' in the genre since Rokuro Mochizuki."[3]

ReferencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Mes 2006, p. 381.
  2. ^ Leyland, Matthew (August 2003). "Shinjuku Triad Society". Sight & Sound. Vol. 13 no. 8. London: British Film Institute. p. 68.
  3. ^ TR. "Shinjuku Triad Society". Time Out London. Retrieved 25 January 2017.

SourcesEdit

  • Mes, Tom (2006). Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike. FAB Press. ISBN 1903254418.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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