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Masato Harada

Kin'yû fushoku rettô: Jubaku (Jubaku - Spellbound)

Director Masato Harada Composer Masahiro Kawasaki Cast Kôji Yakusho, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kippei Shîna
Edition 2000
114' - 1999 - Drama - Dialogue: Japanese
Director Masato Harada spins this slickly-produced, compelling salary man drama that was a surprise smash hit in Japan. Tapping into the economic malaise and the growing outrage against endless tawdry financial scandals of Japan in the late 1990s, the film follows four middle managers pressing for reform in their corruption-wracked bank. The movie opens with the arrest of a yakuza, who upon interrogation reveals that Asahi Central Bank, a major financial institutional, has been keeping mob coffers full for years. Hoping to restore public confidence, Hiroshi Kitano along with his three colleagues petition the board of directors to appoint a reformer as the bank's new president. Their efforts are thwarted both by the irate yakuza, who will not give up their cash cow without a fight, and by venal company superiors - particularly Sasaki Hideakai who is Kitano's father-in-law. (Jonathan Crow)

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Masato Harada


Masahiro Kawasaki


Kôji Yakusho, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kippei Shîna

Director of Photography

Yoshitaka Sakamoto


Akimasa Kawashima


Masato Hara

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