Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike directed this characteristically offbeat and hard-hitting crime drama. Seiji and Yoshifumi are a pair of yakuza (Japanese gangsters) who have sworn their loyalty to mob boss Muto. When Muto fails to pay his proscribed share of the fund for an upcoming gang battle, Muto tells the other leaders of the Date family that he will fight to make up his debt. Seiji, however, becomes concerned for Muto's safety, so he has his boss arrested and offers to fight in his place. This, however, leads to speculation about Muto's role in his recent misfortune. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
If American filmmakers can make great gangster films, so can the Japanese and what you have here is action scenes that are neutralized to perfection with enough gun play to make killing look easy. But you also have a leading man who is absorbed into his on serene world and when he snaps, back away. Not as good as Takeshi Miike's "Gozu" which is a homage to David Lynch, but it's different and compelling.
This is an interesting portrayal of the life of a Yakuza figure as he attempts to move his clan into a more respectable level amongst the Yakuzas. As a rival gang starts off a street war because of incursions into their territory, Seiji decides to take matters into his own hands. He saves his Boss by getting him placed in jail, and then proceeds to go on a killing spree. Much like Scarface, this fast life catches up wtih him in the final moments of the film. Although the story is not all that compelling, I recommend it for the differing vantage point shown by the Japanese. Courage, honor and family are the codes by which the Yakuza live. This is an action film that is given a nice Japanese twist.