By Tom Mes
This version contains a new and improved color part, thoroughly up to date DVD details, and a number of other fresh stories of Takashi Miike motion pictures that have been unavailable for assurance on the time of the book's preliminary creation.
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Realising she put him in his place, Tatsuhito vents his frustration by smashing her in the face with a metal chair (an act not actually shown; Miike cuts away to the title screen, a loud drum beat over the edit suggesting more than an image could show). The reason for the cop’s fierceness and his obsessive pursuit of the Chinese quickly b e c o m e s c l e a r . T a t s u h i t o i s a zanryu koji, t h e s o n o f a C h i n e s e m o t h e r a n d a J a p a n e s e father who was himself a ‘war orphan’.
Eri, still believing him to be on the run, goes to Yasuda’s office to plea on his behalf. She offers herself to the gangster in exchange for the boy’s life, but after Yasuda takes her to bed, he tells her that Sugeyoshi is in no danger and was in fact following his boss’ orders. When J&nds out what happened to Eri, he storms into Yasuda’s office armed with a pocketful of hand grenades borrowed from an old yakuza friend (played by Joji Abe, the author of the source novel). These two main plot strands which form the story of Orefachi Wa Tenshi Ja Alai are tied together in a rather artificial way, by having Yasuda’s operation involved with the Love Cults extortion practices.
He searches for happiness in his relationship with Shu, who never truly loves him back and even attempts to kill him. Wang responds with violence himself and is killed very quickly thereafter by Tatsuhito. We have already noted similarities between the two men, and this also goes for the manner in which their fates are intertwined. The big difference between the two is that while Tatsuhito’s entire character is based on matters of ethnicity and roots, Wang doesn’t care about such things. When Tatsuhito lies bleeding in the trunk of a car, he tells Wang how as children, Yoshihito and he were imprisoned in a freezing cell in the middle of winter for something they didn’t do.
Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike by Tom Mes