Film

9 Souls
FILM

9 Souls

ナイン•ソウルズ (Nain Souruzu)
Thursday, July 19, 2012

9 Souls © 2003 Little More Co., Ltd./Tohokushinsha Film Corp./Eisei Gekijo Co., Ltd.

Tribute to Yoshio Harada

When a bomber, a patricide, a pornographer and a mad biker, together with various other forms of social detritus, break free from jail, it is not surprising that mayhem follows in their wake. What is surprising is the degree of sympathy that brilliant young director Toshiaki Toyoda (Blue Spring) elicits with elegant ease from the spectator, as the gang of misfits roams the land in a despair that is crueler for being comic. This is humanity on the run to nowhere. Although originally inspired by The Great Escape, the film has more of a feel of Les Miserables mixed with a hallucinogenic, cut with speed. A truly original addition to the jailbreak genre!

Japan, 2003, 120 min., 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda. With Yoshio Harada, Ryuhei Matsuda, Michiru Kaneko, Genta Dairaku, Eita, Yuu Fujiki, Asami Imajuku, Jun Inoue, Itsuji Itao, Misaki Ito.

18+ This film is unrated, but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age or older.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2012

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