The City of Lost Souls
DIRECTOR: TAKASHI MIIKE
CAST: TEAH, MICHELLE REIS, KôJI KIKKAWA
Miike, born in Japan to Korean parents, has always been able to regard his homeland with an insider-outsider’s perspective, very much on view in this yakuza romance, which has Brazilian-Japanese Mario (Teah, ultra-suave) racing to save his Chinese hairdresser girlfriend, Kei (Michelle Reis), from deportation, vying with Triads, Russian mobsters, and vengeful exes along the way. A rare depiction of immigrant Japan, injected with the director’s bravura style, bizarre humor, and knockout set-pieces, including a humdinger of a Matrix-inspired CGI cock fight.