original Japanese title JUKKAI
starring: Yuya Uchida · Ann Lewis · Reiko
Nakamura · Kyoko Koizumi · Junko
is the infamous, tragic story of a simple but honest policeman who spins
out-of-control when he realizes his life is on a dead-end collision course.
He's a by-the-book field officer, stuck at sergeant-grade for decades
due to his inability to advance by passing the required tests. His wife
has divorced him and his daughter only visits to collect a few 'partying'
dollars. The world changing around him but he personally remains out of
touch, unable to cope with simplest of needs. Instead he turns to heavy
drinking and gambling. In an attempt to 'connect,' this man purchases
a computer but is clueless as to how it works and ends up playing the
most simplistic video games. When daily expenses, alimony and gambling
debts become overwhelming, he complicates his life even further by borrowing
money from shady loan companies. The unrelenting psychological pressure
transforms him from an honest cop into a mad rapist.
stars Yuya Uchida, an actor who had gained International attention earlier
the same year as a strict commandant of a Japanese military prison in
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence [which also starred David Bowie].
But Uchida is probably better known for his work with Koji Wakamatsu,
especially the unsettling rape-thriller A
POOL WITHOUT WATER (1982). However,
in Japan, Yuya Uchida was best known as a rocker. He had dropped out of
high school at age 17 and began a music career in 1957. He became friends
with John Lennon after opening for The Beatles on their 1966 Japanese
tour. While visiting Lennon the following year in London, Uchida attended
a Jimi Hendrix concert and was blown away. He wanted to introduce a similar
music to Japan; returning home, he formed Yuya Uchida and the Flower
Traveling Band. Numerous successful albums of western-styled psychedelic
music were released throughout the '70s. In addition, he recorded various
tracks with the Ventures and Frank Zappa. In 1975, Uchida produced a traveling
roadshow called World Rock Festival, comprised of International
performers. After a lengthy tour, he produced an album Creation.
Legal problems revolving around marijuana possession in 1978, found him
out of commission for a while. A few years later, Uchida was arrested
again when he pulled a knife on a music promoter for paying foreign artists
more money than the Japanese ones. For the next three decades, he made
a career of acting, until his death from pneumonia in March 2019, at age
of the cast for this film enjoy rather meaty cameos. Popular singer Ann
Lewis is the girl with pink stockings, the cop's first rape victim. Reiko
Nakamura (from LUCKY
SKY DIAMOND) plays another of his victims, and Yuki Kazamatsuri
UP: BEAVER BOOK) is yet another. This is the acting debut for
Kyôko Koizumi (from SURVIVE
STYLE 5) as the cop's daughter Rie. Nikkatsu queen Junko Miyashita
(WATCHER IN THE ATTIC) is the owner
of the bar and legendary Beat Takeshi Kitano plays a gambling husker.
Here is the debut film for Japanese-born Korean Yoichi Sai, the award
Japanese film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles;
fullscreen uncut (108 min.) in DVD encoded for ALL REGION,
playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include theatrical trailer.
Recommended for Adult Audience