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Helpless (1996)

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 »

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Shinji Aoyama

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Shinji Aoyama
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Credited cast:
Tadanobu Asano ... Kenji Shiraishi
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Yasuo Matsumura
Yôichirô Saitô Yôichirô Saitô ... Akihiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroko Isayama Hiroko Isayama
Tarô Suwa
Kaori Tsuji Kaori Tsuji ... Yuri Matsumura
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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 Kenji to take care of his mentally challenged sister, Yuri, and a mysterious black bag. Written by sonic_bang

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A difficult movie to judge.
11 January 2000 | by Ben-113See all my reviews

I still don't know what to make of this film. The rather bleak realism reminiscent of Takeshi Kitano's films works well with Kenji's sudden violent outbursts, and the rather touching ending is at least in some sense an affirmation of humanity. But the whole story seems just a bit too contrived and pointless. Interesting nonetheless.


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