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Blues Harp (1998)

Ambitious yakuza Kenji befriends harmonica-playing bartender Chuji, who moonlights as a part-time drug-dealer for the opposing gang. Their friendship is threatened by Kenji's plans for ... See full summary »

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Toshihiko Matsuo (screenplay), Toshiyuki Morioka (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi ... Chûji Yonashiro
Seiichi Tanabe ... Kenji Shindô
Saori Sekino Saori Sekino ... Tokiko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mickey Curtis Mickey Curtis
Daisuke Iijima Daisuke Iijima ... Yûkichi Hanamura
Akira Ishige Akira Ishige
Yôzaburô Itô Yôzaburô Itô ... Talent Scout Sugiyama
Huntley Nicholas Huntley Nicholas ... Chûji's Black Father
Atsushi Okuno Atsushi Okuno
Bob Suzuki Bob Suzuki
Tatsuo Yamada Tatsuo Yamada
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Ambitious yakuza Kenji befriends harmonica-playing bartender Chuji, who moonlights as a part-time drug-dealer for the opposing gang. Their friendship is threatened by Kenji's plans for advancement, as well as by his bodyguard's growing jealousy of Chuji. Written by sienel

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Portrayal of youth culture
2 June 2005 | by AtavistenSee all my reviews

Chuuji is half black, has a homeless father and he works in a bar. He has connections deep into the yakuza which he cares little about. He saves a girl with whom he get together with.

Ikeuchi Hiroyuki is very good as Chuuji, the protagonist that you care about in this movie. The story is a sad one with little sentimentality and told with joy so we don't get turned off it.

Miike is a promising filmmaker, but maybe he should spend some more time on each movie instead of spewing 'em out. 'Chuugoku no Chounin' suffers a little from this. Such is the case also with this movie. Its still recommended for the lead act.


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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 July 1998 (Japan) See more »

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