The City of Lost Souls (Hyry-gai)
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The fantastically prolific Takashi Miike directs this dizzyingly stylish thriller -- one of four in the year 2000 alone -- about love, cocaine, and exile. In the film's near-wordless opening, half-Japanese Brazil Mario (Teah) wipes out a room full of his fellow criminals in a bar in Sao Paolo and then strips naked in the dust storm outside. Mario is next seen one year later rescuing his Chinese girlfriend, Kei (Michelle Reis), from being deported. The event, which involved the hijacking of a helicopter, a gun fight amid the Joshua trees of the vast Japanese desert (!), and a harrowing… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's enough atmosphere, mayhem and just plain energy to make the film a viable midnight movie, a more appropriate slot than a regular run."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An empty, incoherent exercise in frenetic style, interesting primarily for its cosmopolitan flavor."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, Time Out New York
"...unleashes more creative imagery, cinematic mayhem and stylistic energy in that opening half hour than most films can muster in an entire feature..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"While the film throws a solid pop punch, you could still swear you've seen it all before."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"Yet another "Yakuza" (gangster) film, Miike crafts what amounts to a stylish and interesting film, but not one that can sustain a midnight madness audience."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"It feels utterly hollow despite Miike's wizardry."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"[Miike's] work is fun to look at but emotionally unengaging, perhaps because he can't summon enough belief in his pulp-fiction characters to make them come alive."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Tireless Japanese splatter director Takashi Miike's keeps his own worst impulses check, and the payoff is a satisfying and uncharacteristically romantic film."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A well-dressed crime drama with an undercurrent of profound sadness."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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