The genius behind modern cult classics »Party 7« and »Funky Forest«, may have entered the studios with his film »Smuggler« but there is no doubt that the madness and originality of Katsuhito Ishii’s work is still just as strong today.

Meet Kinuta, a failed actor who gets pushed into the profession of cleaning up murder scenes and disposing of the bodies. He befriends his colleague Joe, a criminal old-timer, and soon the two find themselves surrounded by Yakuza thugs and cold-hearted killers. Joe becomes one of Kinuta’s few allies when the world of organized crime tightens its stranglehold on him.

»Smuggler« is a perfect blend of Ishii’s punk-style filmmaking and the striking imagery of Shohei Tanabe’s manga—the story’s original source. The cast is greatly enhanced by the bursting energy of actor Masanobu Ando, who once again has his trademark bleached hair from »Battle Royale«. The rapid cuts and violent visuals throw us into an eccentric whirlwind a wonderful circus that can only be experienced when Katsuhito Ishii is in town.

Smuggler poster
Title
Smuggler
Director
Katsuhito Ishii
Country
Japan
Length
115 min
Festival
2011
Section
Asian Images
Language
Japanese
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2011
Original title
Sumagurâ: Omae no mirai o erabe
Cast
Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masatoshi Nagase, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Hikari Mitsushima, Masanobu Ando
Producer
Hideaki Endo, Masatoshi Yamaguchi, Kazuto Takida, Akira Yamamoto
Script
Katsuhito Ishii, Shôhei Manabe, Masatoshi Yamaguchi, Kensuke Yamamoto
Music
Toshio Nakagawa

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