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KAMIKAZE TAXI

SYNOPSIS:
Tatsuo (Kazua Takahashi) is a trainee Yakusa pimping for a corrupt politician. After screwing up big time on his first job, his girlfriend is murdered. He turns against his ex-boss escaping with $2 million in a bungled raid. He hails a cab, driven by Japanese/Peruvian cabbie Kantake (Shoji Jakuso), who keeps the meter running, while Tatsuo embarks on a Kamikaze mission of vengeance, as they travel through the Japanese landscape into a neon lit night inhabited by the crime gangs, cults and call girls.

"Bold, violent and innovative film making, Masato Haradaís Kamikaze Taxi is a mixture of road movie, satire and gangster movie, which marries themes of greed, lust and revenge with quirky humour. It is an unusual blend of violent action, satire, social comment and poetry in the beautiful Japanese landscape, with haunting Peruvian pipes playing evocative melodies. Itís a long film that perhaps stands up better in the cinema, where it would no doubt be easier to read the sub-titles. Kamikaze is an intriguing mix that explores Japanís contradictions in a non-compromising and unique style that will appeal to cult film lovers."
Louise Keller

"The thing about Kamikaze Taxi is that its characters are all so recognisably universal: the young crim who is naÔve and idealistic Ė and flawed; the taxi driver who has been both toughened and softened by personal tragedy; the powerful but corrupt politician; the hapless women who are used and abused but also needed; the tough gangster without a conscience. These are all strongly portrayed, and the film creates a marvellous atmosphere, even on the small screen. There are some exotically devised scenes and a sense of drama holds it together, although it is a tad too long, especially with the difficulty of sometimes unclear subtitling. Best enjoyed in company and perhaps with some libation to hand."
Andrew L. Urban

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KAMIKAZE TAXI (MA)15+
(Japan)

CAST: Kazua Takahashi, Mickey Curtis, Shoji Yakuso

DIRECTOR: Masato Harada

PRODUCER: Susumu Tanaka

SCRIPT: Masato Harada

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Yoshitaka Sakamoto

EDITOR: Hirohide Abe

MUSIC: Masahiro Kawasaki

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Hiroshi Maruyama

RUNNING TIME: 138 minutes

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Siren Entertainment (in association with Potential Films)

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: May 11, 1998
Japanese with English subtitles







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