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Film Fest Gent - Gonin Saga
Archived: Gonin Saga (2015)

director: Takashi Ishii

composer: Gorô Yasukawa
With: Masahiro Higashide, Kenta Kiritani, Anna Tsuchiya, a.o.

duration: 129 minutes
Action, Thriller

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Film Fest Gent - Gonin Saga

Director Takashi Ishii's distinctively dark action masterpiece 1995's "Gonin" depicted the ways of life and death of a several desperate and disparate men. This legendary film remains highly regarded both at home and abroad, and eager fans have clamored for a sequel for many years.

At last, the long silence is broken with the birth of a new "Gonin" for the first time in 19 years. Returning to the helm is the writer and director of the original film, Takashi Ishii. In the lead role is Masahiro Higashide, a promisingly talented and young star in demand. Its main cast is even more diverse and full of personality than the first "Gonin," featuring the likes of Kenta Kiritani, Anna Tsuchiya, Tasuku Emoto, and Masanobu Ando. The passion and fury they invest in their characters adds fuel to the story's fire.

"Ishii is the last of Japan's great genre auteurs, maybe the only Japanese director who can attract an all-star cast to fight their way through stylishly imagined bars, nightclubs and Yakuza offices. Along the way, he gives us the ultimate definition of 'Yakuza DNA'." (Tony Rayns)


director: Takashi Ishii
composer: Gorô Yasukawa
screenplay: Takashi Ishii
Cinematography: Yasushi Sasakibara, Yoshiaki Yamamoto

production company: Kadokawa

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dialogue: Japanese
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Japan
year: 2015

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TAKASHI ISHII (1946): Angel Guts 5: Red Vertigo (1988), Gekka no ran (1991, video), Original Skin (1992), The Brutal Insanity of Love (1993), A Night in Nude (1993), Angel Guts 6: Red Flash (1994), Alone in the Night (1994), The Five (1995), Gonin 2 (1996), Black Angel Vol. 1 (1998), Black Angel Vol. 2 (1999), Freeze Me (2000), Behind Flower and Snake (2003, short), Flower and Snake (2004), Eiga 'Hana to hebi 2: Pari/Shizuko': Sugimoto… Show more

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