to be confused with SHINJUKU
this bloody Yakuza actioner was made the previous year"
--Asian Cult Cinema
Japanese title SHINJUKU AUTOROO [Shinjuku Outlaws]
starring: Hakuryű ˇ Yumi Iori ˇ Ruby Moreno ˇ
Kiyoshi Nakajoe ˇ Hiroyuki Watanabe
revolves around Shoichi Yomi, the son of a dying Yakuza boss. He decides
to kill the head of another Family to prevent a possible attack on his
own group during this time of weakness. Yomi brutally murders the gangster
kingpin in a bowling alley as the granddaughter watches. But the brazen
killer is shot multiple times and falls into a coma. He awakes ten years
later in a Hiroshima hospital. Yomi immediately goes to hook up with his
old Yakuza brother Eto in Shinjuku but soon realizes that much has changed
in the world around him. Now, his friends and colleagues are controlled
by corrupt cops. Essentially, the brotherhood is dead. Yomi resorts to
working for two elderly bosses while constantly defending himself against
other gangsters. He meets a prostitute and wants to start a new life with
her but Yomi realizes they need money to successfully escape to a foreign
country. The two plan a dangerous heist against the ruling Yakuza family.
Takashi Miike is one of the most successful filmmakers in the world, certainly
the most prolific. But his early projects - like this one - never saw
a release outside of Japan and have since become impossible to find. Among
these "lost" movies are his first and second, LADY
HUNTER: PRELUDE TO MURDER and EYE
CATCH JUNCTION: MINI PATROL both from 1991. Another from the period
is the insane actioner HUMAN
MURDER WEAPON. And now, comes SHINJUKU OUTLAWS.
It's a celebration for Miike fans everywhere.
Japanese film with English subtitles; widescreen,
uncut (94 min.)
in DVD format, encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include selected theatrical trailers.
recommended for adult audiences