When small-time Yakuza boss Ryuuich starts murdering rival gangsters in an effort to gain power in the underworld, Detective Jojima must weave his way through various underworld networks to end the bloodbath.
We just love Takashi Miike’s gonzo cinema of violence, masculinity, and pop surrealism. One of the filmmaker’s finest achievements is the Dead or Alive trilogy. The first of these films is a dazzling Yakuza spectacle that culminates in a truly singular ending.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria