The Black Society Trilogy [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New audio commentaries for all three films by Miike biographer Tom Mes
  • New interview with actor Show Aikawa (Rainy Dog, Ley Lines)
  • New interview with director Takashi Miike
  • Original theatrical trailers for all three films

Synopsis

Ley Lines
Three men hoping to find a better life in Tokyo find their dreams of happiness turning into a waking nightmare in the final installment of maverick Japanese Director Takashi Miike's Black Society trilogy. When a scheming Chinese prostitute takes the men for all they're worth and the harsh realities of racism and poverty render them unemployable, the trio attempts to carve a niche in the local drug trade as a means to make ends meet. Stricken with sympathy for the men she had previously betrayed, the prostitute attempts to help the men -- but city life has taken its toll on them and the reluctant trio soon begins plotting a daring bank robbery that will provide them with the money necessary to escape Tokyo and start life anew in a better place. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rainy Dog
Takashi Miike directs this brooding, hard-boiled gangster drama set in monsoon-soaked Taiwan. Yuji (played by Miike regular Sho Aikawa) ekes out an existence working as a Japanese hit man for a gang in Taipei. A laconic character with a lizard-like gaze, he seems to have little use for other people -- even for his unbalanced godfather who calls him his son. All he is interested in is the money. His life takes a sudden change when a former lover appears at his doorstep, drops off a boy (He Jianxian) she claims is his, and beats a hasty retreat. With the child in tow, Yuji carries out his business -- shooting a mobster from a rival gang as he eats dinner with his family. After receiving his fee, he takes home a comely young hooker named Lily (Chen Xianmei). While they are getting to know one another, the boy sleeps on a piece of cardboard in the rain, snuggling up to a stray dog. Amused at the kid's tenacity, Yuji eventually throws the boy a towel. Later, Yuji stumbles upon a briefcase full of money while taking out a rival godfather. With the cash in hand, he plots to take Lily and the boy someplace better. In the meantime, the trio flees to an isolated beach in central Taiwan, hoping to escape the bloodthirsty gangster on their tail. Waiting for the interminable rain to cease, they hold up in a World War II-era pillbox. Something resembling family develops between the three. When the rain stops, they are forced to continue their escape. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Shinjuku Triad Society
Takashi Miike's Shinjuku Triad Society is the first of a three-film series known as the Black Society Trilogy. Corrupt cop Tatsuhito disregards any and all regulations in his attempt to bring down Wang, an inhumanely cruel criminal who lords over an empire that makes its fortune from the debasing of human beings. The cast includes Kippei Shiina, Tomorowo Taguchi, Takeshi Caesar, and Shinsuke Izutu. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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