Hailed as Japan’s Mad Max, Sogo Ishii’s high-octane, loud-and-proud breakthrough hit was one of that country’s great success stories, a graduation project from a film school punk rocker bought by Toei Studios and released nationwide.
The plot involves Ken, a gang leader dreaming of a quiet life with his girlfriend Noriko, and Jin, Ken’s maverick successor, who isn’t about to let yakuza kingpins or right-wing nutjobs tell him what to do or whom to kill.
Jin’s violent individualism in a world where even outlaws follow the bosses’ orders references the doomed anti-establishment heroes of Kinji Fukasaku, but Crazy Thunder Road points toward a new style of genre filmmaking-fast-paced, quick-witted and brilliantly stylized.
- New master approved by the director
- New interview with Gakuryu (Sogo) Ishii
- Audio commentary by Tom Mes
- Video Essay: Jasper Sharp on Jishu Eiga
Director: Sogo Ishii
Cast: Yamada Tatsuo, Ebisudani Hiroshi, Ooike Masamitsu, Nakajina Yosuke
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Genre: Action, Punk
Runtime: 97 minutes + Bonus
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