The City of Lost Souls (Hyry-gai)
The City of Lost Souls (Hyry-gai) (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 25, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out

An empty, incoherent exercise in frenetic style, interesting primarily for its cosmopolitan flavor.

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

...unleashes more creative imagery, cinematic mayhem and stylistic energy in that opening half hour than most films can muster in an entire feature...

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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

While the film throws a solid pop punch, you could still swear you've seen it all before.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

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Jeremy Heilman

It feels utterly hollow despite Miike's wizardry.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

[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.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

Tireless Japanese splatter director Takashi Miike's keeps his own worst impulses check, and the payoff is a satisfying and uncharacteristically romantic film.

Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

A well-dressed crime drama with an undercurrent of profound sadness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Sherwell
It's not uncommon for films by Takashi Miike to make little to no sense and 'The City Of Lost Souls' is no exception. Plot wise the film is an… More
JY Skacto
Like many other Miike films, a story that would turn out like a usual crime thriller actually turns out into a whacky crime thriller. Takashi Miike kind of… More
Jonathan Hutchings
The City of Lost Souls is sprawling, and at times meandering and unfocused, but you have to applaud Miike's inventiveness and the way he plays with form… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Fun action/yakuza entry from Miike, average plot but it has enough fun moments to elevate from it's ordinary elements. From the matrix spoof to the odd but… More
Reid Volk
I can't help but feel like Miike was just fucking with me. And while I probably won't watch it again, it is worth a midnight viewing if you happen to… More
Luke Baldock
There are moments when this film feels like "Natural Born Killers" but it manages to avoid any further comparisons by just being surreal and even a… More