6.7/10
147
2 user 11 critic

Another Lonely Hitman (1995)

Shin kanashiki hittoman (original title)
Tachibana is a mob hit man, just released from 10 years in prison where he kicked his drug habit. He's dismayed to find that the code of conduct he honors no longer counts, and soon gets ... See full summary »

Director:

Rokuro Mochizuki
Reviews
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Onibi (1997)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A yakuza hitman gets out of jail and decides to start a new life, but soon his old life catches up with him.

Director: Rokuro Mochizuki
Stars: Yoshio Harada, Reiko Kataoka, Shô Aikawa
Koi gokudo (1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on the novel Ukonshi Kujira by author Yamanouchi Yukio, Mochizuki Rokuro's third in his yakuza trilogy depicts a country girl falling in love with a street-level down and dirty thug ... See full summary »

Director: Rokuro Mochizuki
Stars: Yoshio Harada, Shôhei Hino, All Kyojin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A yakuza, who has an untamed rage and lack of respect for authority, finds himself leading the remnants of the gang he once belonged to in order to secure an area of their own.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Andô, Mayumi Nagisa
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaidô, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi
Final Episode (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

While Hirono is in prison, his rival Takeda turns his own crime organization into a political party, whose two executives stir up new tensions in their thirst for power.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Seizô Fukumoto, Nobuo Kaneko, Jô Shishido
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Conflicts between Hirono's family and Yamamori's family (and their allies) are made more tense by the ambitious underlings and the police's efforts to impose a crackdown on the gangs.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tatsuo Umemiya
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A barkeeper saves a Yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However his fear of nothing soon causes problems.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Ryo Amamiya, Narimi Arimori, Yoshiyuki Daichi
Proxy War (1973)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Yakuza boss Shozo Hirono must choose his alliances carefully as the local gangster family affiliations prove themselves to be wildly unstable, causing gang conflicts to slowly escalate.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tsunehiko Watase
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young criminal joins a yakuza family to kill the gangsters who beat him up, but falls in love with his boss' widow niece, piling up enemies and corpses along his wayward way.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Shin'ichi Chiba, Meiko Kaji
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Mikijirô Hira, Gô Katô, Shima Iwashita
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ryo Ishibashi ... Takashi Tachibana
Kazuhiko Kanayama Kazuhiko Kanayama ... Yuji Takayama
Asami Sawaki Asami Sawaki ... Yuki Tajima
Tatsuo Yamada Tatsuo Yamada
Zenkichi Yoneyama Zenkichi Yoneyama ... Wada
Tetsuya Yûki Tetsuya Yûki ... Hirakawa
Toshiyuki Kitami Toshiyuki Kitami ... Mizohashi
Yukio Yamanouchi Yukio Yamanouchi ... Yoshimura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takashi Miike ... Drug Dealer (as Miike Dokomo)
Edit

Storyline

Tachibana is a mob hit man, just released from 10 years in prison where he kicked his drug habit. He's dismayed to find that the code of conduct he honors no longer counts, and soon gets into trouble when he defends a call girl, Yuki, from a pimp who is connected to another gang. Running drugs is where all the action is, and Tachibana scorns junkies and pushers. Can Tachibana navigate this new world, protect Yuki and help her quit drugs, counsel his acolyte, stay true to his code, and maybe find a way out of the gang? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 July 1995 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Another Lonely Hitman See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Excellent Film, GAGA See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The odyssey in between is more important than the beginning or the end
12 January 2014 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

"Another Lonely Hit-Man" is an impressive gangster movie that is somewhat different from the brutal mobster flicks of the seventies and the lengthy epics of the current second wave. This transitional movie between the two waves differs and that's what makes this film so unique. Created by former adult movie director Rokuro Mochizuki and featuring later star actor Ryo Ishibashi ("Audition" (1999), "The Grudge" (2004), "Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney" (2012)) as well as future star director Miike Takashi ("Ichi The Killer" (2001), "Gozu" (2003), "13 Assassins" (2010)) in a cameo, this surprising hit has become some sort of an iconic cult movie among connoisseurs while it never gained the international success it would have deserved.

Instead of giving us complex insights into different mafia families, this film follows the fate of the loyal hit-man Tachibana Takashi. Accompanied by his young daughter and under the influence of a heroin shot to feel more courageous, Tachibana kills a gangster boss in a restaurant before he gives himself in to the police and spends his next ten years in prison. When he gets out, his Yakuza family is the only thing he has left as former friends and family members turned their back on him. Haunted by the demons of his past and feelings of guilt, he meets other loners in an evolved world he fails to understand and accept. He crosses paths with a heroin addicted prostitute and a young gangster who openly admires him. Despite the fact that his Yakuza family offers him some money as well as a hotel room and a night with a prostitute, the hit-man can't identify with the family values anymore. His Yakuza clan doesn't follow its initial code of honour anymore and cares more about business contracts than moral values. What disturbs the hit-man most is how drug dealers have infiltrated the Yakuza. Tensions between him and his superiors arise and his new partner and him are soon isolated. Tachibana must take a crucial decision to give his wasted life a second chance and save those he feels responsible for.

"Another Lonely Hit-man" is a slow-paced character portrait and neo film noir that works a lot with cold camera angles, light effects, music samples and especially symbolism. The systematic chaos of urban infrastructures, the spartan designs and even ironically abandoned looking amusement parks are all symbols for the confusion, guilt and loneliness the hit-man feels. At the same time, he starts to fight his fate by becoming a better person. Even though many scenes look brutal and cold, the movie also has a few emotional and positive moments in comparison to many other genre flicks. This movie really has a message and a soul.

The philosophy behind this movie is not only carried by a great directorship but also by a truly authentic and unique acting by all involved actors. This is really an important element because you care about the characters as they have a beautiful side hidden underneath all their obvious ugliness. This movie perfectly shows us that one shouldn't judge a book by its cover.

Hollywood movie fans might feel irritated about the movie's slow pace but I adore the fact that this film really takes all the time it needs to tell us a story and develop the different characters without getting redundant or epic. The key elements of this movie are simple but effective because they are so authentic. This movie could easily be based on a true story.

The slow paced film is interrupted by some more vivid elements. These scenes include the surreal opening killing scene, the physical encounters between the main character and a rude pimp, an arrogant racketeers and a cheap drug dealer or the almost bipolar reactions by the prostitute to her imposed drug rehab. The cold realism of the movie is underlined by scenes where we see characters barfing, bleeding, crying, having sex, laughing, peeing, puking, swearing and more. These elements feel direct but never obscene or out-of-place and give the film an almost documentary touch.

My favourite part of the movie is though the last twenty minutes or so which feels like a road trip through the hit man's past and future. This last quarter of the movie was really touching. The fact that the ending is a little bit predictable is no big deal because this film is not an action movie or a simple thriller but a drama. The beginning and the end are less important than the odyssey in between them.

Open-minded fans of Japanese cinema and Yakuza flicks or those who like the drama and film noir genres in general can't get around this movie that has become a righteous classic over the past two decades. Those who are expecting an explosive gangster epic must look elsewhere.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed