(aka "Fudoh: The New Generation" )

 

directed by Takashi Miike
Japan 1996

 

Every so often a film comes along that just breaks your heart... and then there are films like this one that hit you in the head like an aluminum baseball bat. The U.S. may have produced David Lynch and John Waters and Canada may have produced David Cronenberg and Guy Maddin, but Japan has Takashi Miike. He started late in life as a feature director but he's made up for lost time by making nine films and counting since 1995. "Fudoh" is a rather successful and quite demented attempt to produce a live-action version of a Japanese Manga comic by Hiroshi Tanemara.

In this world, violence begets violence which begets a whole lot more violence. We open innocently enough with young Riki Fugoh playing catch with his beloved brother Ryu. The entire family, however, is yakuza. After Ryu retaliates for the actions of the rival Nioh gang, the boys' dad kills Ryu to save his own neck. Young Riki, is not amused.

Ten years later, Riki (Shosuke Tanihara) is the smartest, best-looking kid in his high school. He also runs the place with the aid of his own gang comprised of fellow students. With the aid of eight-year-old hit men and schoolgirl strippers and assassins, it looks like Riki could have his revenge on the anniversary of his brother's death, but dear old dad may not go down so easily.

Shock value and native Japanese weirdness aside, this is a great movie. It looks great. Whatever the content, each shot is carefully composed and the action is often so manic it can be had to keep up with. As unemotional as the Japanese can be, "Fudoh" turns into the nastiest family squabble since "Medea". The parenting skills of the eldest Fudoh make Christopher Walken in "At Close Range" look like father of the year.

Excerpt from Ron Wells' review at Film Threat located HERE

Theatrical Release: 12 October 1996 - Japan

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Runtime 1:39:12 1:39:09
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Average Bitrate: 5.47 mb/s
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Audio Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0

Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0, DD 5.1, English Dub DD2.0, DD5.1

Subtitles English (Forced). English or none.
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tokyo Shock

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Tokyo Shock Trailer Show.

DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
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Release Information:
Studio: Tokyo Shock

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Miike (40:30).
• Interview with Shosuke Tanihara (15:27).
• Commentary by Miike and Tanihara (Japanese with English subtitles).
• Tokyo Shock Trailer Show.

 

DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
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Chapters 16

 

 

 

 

Comments Same print used for both editions, with the old release titles and credits was remade in English, now we get the original Japanese. Both DVD's shows edge enhancement and ghosting.

The old release was pretty barebones, even without a menu, when you hit play there was a (skip-able) trailer show and nothing more. With the deluxe edition we get a nice set of extras, all in Japanese with less intrusive English subtitles.

Colors look about the same but the Deluxe Edition being anamorphic gives a much sharper picture and the standard having forced subtitles make for a weak effort. We obviously recommend the Deluxe.

 - Ole Kofoed

 

 






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