6.5/10
75
1 user 3 critic

Two Punks (1996)

Chinpira (original title)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Helpless (1996)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Yasuo is a gangster just released from jail. Believing his boss double-crossed him, enraged Yasuo is on his way to find the boss. But before setting out for the dangerous trip, Yasuo asks ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Ken Mitsuishi, Yôichirô Saitô
Wild Life (1997)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An ex-boxer working for a game parlor owner gets caught up in a complex blackmail operation he doesn't understand. Before long he's caught between two yakuza bosses and a mysterious thief ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Mickey Curtis, Akiko Izumi, Jun Kunimura
Eureka (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki
Tsumetai chi (1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Yôzaburô Itô, Eiko Nagashima
Enbalming (1999)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Young female embalmer Miyako while performing the embalming process the head of the corpse shes restoring is stolen. Miyako search finds her encountering signs of nekrotomic religious cult as well as some dark secrets from here own past.

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Masatoshi Matsuo, Yutaka Matsushige
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Rika, a bright, attractive, and driven young woman, is intent on marrying her dreamy boyfriend Seiichi Ono who is not only tall and handsome but also an up-and-coming executive. One day, Ono abruptly dumps her.

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Arata Iura, Tomohiro Sekiguchi, Ken Mitsuishi
Desert Moon (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Nagai, a software industry expert is an absolute slave to his work. It is no wonder that his personal life is a complete mess. His wife and daughter left him but he has kept a camera with him to preserve their memory.

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Maho Toyota, Shûji Kashiwabara
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Shinji Aoyama, Hajime Hashimoto, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Eiichirô Funakoshi, Hyunri, Yoshihiro Kai
Tokyo Park (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Haruma Miura, Nana Eikura, Manami Konishi
Backwater (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Cannes Film Festival winner Shinji Aoyama creates a chilling atmosphere in this adaptation of an award-winning novel. A young man tries to fight the deadly influence of his violent, abusive... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Masaki Suda, Ken Mitsuishi, Yukiko Shinohara
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Financially strapped private detective Hama Maike is hired by a businessman to retrieve his daughter from a cult-like refuge in a secluded area. Hama checks in and meets the group's leader,... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Kyôka Suzuki, Nene Ohtsuka
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Shinji Aoyama
Stars: Leland White
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takao Ohsawa ... Yoichi Fujikawa
Duncan Duncan ... Michio Umezawa (as Dankan)
Reiko Kataoka Reiko Kataoka ... Yuko Nagasaki
Chikako Aoyama ... Miya
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Masao
Ryo Ishibashi ... Otani
Toshio Sugata Toshio Sugata
Yoshitaka Nakamura Yoshitaka Nakamura
Tokinara Mineno Tokinara Mineno
Akiko Izumi
Kasutuku Matsuda Kasutuku Matsuda
Takashi Kimura Takashi Kimura
Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi
Tarô Suwa
Tsuyoshi Mikami Tsuyoshi Mikami
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

yakuza | gangster | See All (2) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 December 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux voyous See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remake of Chi-n-pi-ra (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dull and cheap
22 December 2001 | by sharptongueSee all my reviews

Dear dear. Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, but such sincerity may not equate to quality. The director here is clearly paying homage to Beat Takeshi. There is Beat's minimalist look and feel, petty squabbling and bonding between a couple of idiotic young hoods (these are the titular "Chinpura" - low-grade yakuza), sudden outbursts of senseless violence.

But missing are other essential ingredients. None of Beat's flair is present, and of course this is hard to reproduce. But, more practically, the editing is poor. Beat's films, even when the scenes apparently lack connection of run slowly, rarely go for too long. Unfortunately, Chinpira has many scenes which lack sense or connection, go very slowly and, most importantly, fail to be cut short enough. The result often looks sloppy. Furthering this impression is the overall cheap look. The film is shot in a grainy look which simply doesn't help.

If you think I'm overstating the comparison with Beat T, observe that one of the lead actors (Dankan) is an associate of the Beat camp.

This film could well be an honest attempt to tell a story about the relationship between two young men with more aggression than brains and their to-and-fro friendship. There are certainly people for whom this will be watchable, but I'm not one of them. Although I don't like some of Beat's stuff, there's really no substitute for the real thing.


3 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed