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Postman Blues (1997)

Posutoman burusu (original title)
A postman is mistaken for a dangerous criminal by the police.

Director:

SABU (as Sabu)

Writers:

SABU (story) (as Sabu), SABU (screenplay) (as Sabu)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ... Ryuichi Sawaki
Keisuke Horibe ... Noguchi
Ren Osugi ... Joe (as Ren Ôsugi)
Kyôko Tôyama Kyôko Tôyama ... Sayoko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Police Chief
Yôzaburô Itô Yôzaburô Itô ... Detective
Konta Konta ... (as Atsushi Kondo-Konta)
Akaji Maro ... Boss of Minato gang
Yutaka Mishima ... Hospitalized patient
SABU SABU ... Kurokawa (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
Hiroshi Shimizu Hiroshi Shimizu ... Domon
Ikkô Suzuki Ikkô Suzuki ... Masayoshi (as Ikko Suzuki)
Tomorô Taguchi ... Profiler
Ryoko Takizawa Ryoko Takizawa
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Killer
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Storyline

Sawaki is a postman who's not quite thrilled about his boring way of life. But his life is about to change when he delivers mail to his old schoolmate Noguchi, who's now a member of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, and just finished cutting his little finger off. Sawaki stays only for a short time and Noguchi manages to smuggle a package full of drugs into Sawakis bag. And, like that's not enough, accidentally his separated finger falls into Sawakis bag too. Because Noguchi has been spied out for quite a while by the police, they think that Sawaki has something to do with his criminal schemings and decide to stick onto his feet. When Sawaki bonds with the fatally ill hit man Joe, it's clear for the police what he must be: A schizophrenic-paranoid, perverse drug dealer, murderer and even terrorist sent from the Yakuza! Written by ToDumbToPickAUsername

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Action | Comedy

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | French

Release Date:

16 August 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Postman Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu, Suplex, TV Tokyo See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Woman In The Street: [stopping Sawaki]
[subtitled from Japanese]
Woman In The Street: Mr. Postman, could you send this out?
[Sawaki takes the envelope and puts in the mailbox right next to him]
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Connections

References Chungking Express (1994) See more »

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Charming and touching
16 September 2005 | by scobbahSee all my reviews

I'm trying to dig deeper into the culture of Asian movies, and I stumbled over this piece called "Postman Blues". I thought hey, it's Japanese so it can't really be bad, can it? I assume this is the first very serious and "deep" Japanese movie I've encountered, and I have to admit that I was quite touched by the experience. The story's about Ryuichi Sawaki (Shin'ichi Tsutsumi), a postman who's just living through everyday by delivering letters, a job he don't do well at all. The plot is quite difficult and anyone who's into common Hollywoodplots might get a rough time here getting charmed by the story. Anyhow, Ryuichi's job leads him into different events where he meets different characters, and those are the really interesting part of the film - the characters and the conversations. The story's development are really not that important, as more focus are brought on to the events and the details that surrounds'em. A very personal film and I really, really enjoyed it. Japan is probably one of the most creative countries when it comes to films these days (just look at all the Hollywood remakes, ha ha) and "Postman Blues" is another one that pushes the amount of Japanese quality delivers of today even further. A great work by the

director and writer Hiroyuki Tanaka!


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