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Yakuza Apocalypse

Japan 2015
produced by
Yoshinori Chiba, Shinichiro Masuda, Shinjiro Nishimura, Misako Saka for Backup Media, Django Film, Gambit, Happinet, Oriental Light and Magic, Nikkatsu
directed by Takashi Miike
starring Hayato Ichihara, Yayan Ruhian, Riri Furanki (= Lily Frankie), Mio Yuki, Pierre Taki, Tetsu Watanabe, Denden, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Riko Narumi, Reiko Takashima, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Sho Aoyagi, Masanori Mimoto
written by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, music by Koji Endo

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Yakuza boss Kamiura (Lily Frankie) is an almost invincible vampire who keeps men whose blood he intends to drink in his basement and forces them to knit ... and naturally, he has made many enemies in the yakuza community, and thus his enemies eventually unite to kill him by tearing him limb from limb. His right-hand man Kageyama (Hayato Ichihara) doesn't make it in time to save him, but gets hold of Kamiura's head - who bites him in the neck to transfer his vampiric power. From now on, Kageyama is driven by a thirst for revenge, but the enemies send their fiercest weapon against him - which turns out to be a man in a frog costume with a hypnotic stare ... and when he's finally out of his costume, he turns out to be a man with a frog head. Chaos naturally ensues ...

 

Yakuza Apocalypse is a film that's sure to play well to a slightly inebriated crowd as it's full of what-the-fuck moments, bizarre characters, awesome action and general silliness. And even sober it's not easy not to laugh out loud frequently during this one. But that said, in all Yakuza Apocalypse is not a very good movie, as it has little beyond the above. The story is rather rudimentary and often abandoned for a little bit of yet more madness, the characters are flat and functional at best, and one hasn't got the feeling anything leads anywhere. But that said, none of this will keep you from having a good time ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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