Shinjuku Triad Society

"Grim"

Shinjuku Triad Society Review


Takashi Miike tries to get all the sex out of his system in one fell swoop with Shinjuku Triad Society, the first in a rough series of films called the "Black Society Trilogy" and Miike's first film that wasn't a straight-to-video production.

You got oral sex, you got straight sex, you got anal sex. You got men, you got women. You got violent sex. You got prostitute sex. You got yourself a ton of sex here.

What you don't got is a story, at least not one that matters much. Shinjuku Triad Society is a film that Miike's made countless times: Chinese gangsters, hapless cops, blood feuds galore. Characters come and go as the police rape everyone; meanwhile, one cop tries to keep his brother (a lawyer) from falling in with the yakuza. But greed is a powerful thing, even if it means defending a gangster who traffics in human organs.

Sounds good, but it's painted against a palette intended solely to shock and disgust -- with minimal emphasis on plot and character development. Miike visits the themes here again and again, so if you want to get a glimpse at where Miike came from, here's where you ought to start. However, Miike's work gets much more intriguing and sophisticated only a few short years later -- and if cop/robber/vengeance themes are your bag, you can get a more intriguing rendition in Dead or Alive.

Aka Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô, Shanghai Triad Society. Also available as part of the full Black Society DVD box set.



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Starring: as Kiriya, as Wang, as Karino, as Yakuza boss


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