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The Vulture (2009)

Hagetaka (original title)
A Japanese company is being targeted by a Chinese financial group that takes advantage of weak and struggling firms - in other words, a vulture. A Japanese financier/former vulture Masahiko Washizu is recruited to fight the threat.

Director:

Keishi Ohtomo

Writers:

Jin Mayama (based on the novel by), Kôji Hayashi (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nao Ohmori ... Masahiko Washizu (as Nao Ômori)
Tetsuji Tamayama ... Liu Yihua
Chiaki Kuriyama ... Yuka Mishima
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Sho Moriyama
Ken'ichi Endô ... Furuya Takashi
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Osamu Nishino
Akira Nakao Akira Nakao ... Ryosuke Iijima
Kyôhei Shibata Kyôhei Shibata ... Takeo Shibano
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asuka Asuka
Ian Moore Ian Moore
Berndt Otto Berndt Otto ... Businessman
Gregory Pekar ... David Blackman
Christopher Pellegrini ... Jim Brown
Michael Aaron Stone ... Board Member
Ken'ichi Takitô Ken'ichi Takitô
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A Japanese company is being targeted by a Chinese financial group that takes advantage of weak and struggling firms - in other words, a vulture. A Japanese financier/former vulture Masahiko Washizu is recruited to fight the threat.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 June 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hagetaka: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,937,312
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Difficult, but flashy.
20 August 2013 | by roweriversSee all my reviews

A Japanese car company is under attack by a Chinese financial group, and it's up to former vulture Masahiko Washizu (Nao Ohmori) to save it. But what he has to do takes a very high price. Actually, I had no idea what was happening. The bits of English provided by Christopher Pelligini and Gregory Pekar (as American financial consultants) helped a little, but there was so much maneuvering and so many financial-type discussions that I couldn't tell what anyone was doing. But technically, this was an interesting film to watch. How does a film about back-room dealings and financial manipulation become attractive? By a good mix of background music – some urgent pounding, some adagio choruses – to set the mood. And by a hyperactive camera often hand held, combined with quick edits, various angles and colored filters. The effect was a very glossy, hi-tech look. This film, produced by NHK, was based on a TV miniseries starring Ohmori. The appeal is limited – white-collar workers as modern day samurai doesn't do well overseas. Maybe if it had subtitles it would have been better. But I doubt that will ever happen.


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