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Postby Vogami В» 21.09.2019


Sign In. Hide Spoilers. This was one of the films that I had to give up on during last year's trip to the Tokyo International Film Festival, not that I thought it was no good — the casting reunion of those from the Death Note films is reason enough to flock to this — but because I had got some faith that it'll make it to Singapore because it should have some appeal given the success of Death Note here, and manga to film adaptations have usually done fairly well.

So it made it to our shores, and while I was expecting some serious gambling utilizing the rule book from casino card games, Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler just lives up to its title, where the stakes are deadly, usually that of life or lifestyle. However, the strength of the film is how it metaphorically paints the picture of society with that rich-poor divide, between the elite class and those who are perpetual losers, being dealt the shortest end of the stick in life.

It's easy to be on one side of the fence and accuse the other of being stupid, lazy and not worthy of their lot, but put it this way, who doesn't want to be able to live a financially free life with nary a material care since it's all taken care of.

One thing in life that's constant, besides change, is that life is never fair, and usually being somebody, or knowing somebody else, may open some doors for you, making it a tad easier to get to one's objectives.

The playing field is rarely even, and only made worse if one group decides to exploit the other. Tatsuya Fujiwara plays the titular role Kaiji, a down and out young adult who's living his life without much aim, being painted an illusion by Endo Yuki Amami who had conned him into boarding a ship, on the hopes that by playing a game onboard would change his debt- ridden life as it is.

It's a life-changing experience alright, one that Kaiji soon finds himself stuck in, being held against his wishes but on a principle that he made, and then sucked into an underground social system which is aimed squarely at how we, the workers, get bordered into a routine of work-rest-eat-drink, and a financial system that's basically out to regain every penny of reward given for honest work, and that's in the form of induced consumerism.

And that's how I suppose the rich and powerful can keep a stranglehold on the common folk, keeping them in despair until they resign to their "fate" that there's no way out of the vicious circle, and to conform and continue in their routine so as to fuel the economy.

With each revelation comes Kaiji's resolve to get out of the system, only to find more obstacles in his way, becoming mere pawns of entertainment to the idle rich folks, one of whom is the chairman of a powerful conglomerate known as "Teiai" or Love Emperor, played by Kei Sato.

The key entertaining moments in the film are of course the death-defying situations the gamblers are put through, and it turns out more to be like problem-solving coupled with going up against stacked odds.

Fans of Kenichi Matsuyama will also be pleased that their idol had gotten a supporting role here looking quite rugged with his unshaven look, and instead of being at loggerheads with Fujiwara's Kaiji, it's a welcome change to see the two actors in roles that require support from each other. Teruyuki Kagawa of Tokyo Sonata also shines as the main over-confident villain in the film, whose bright idea it was to capture idling youths and to put them to work as slaves for Teiai, only to find himself setting up an adversary in Kaiji, adding to his reputation of not being well-liked.

Since it's adapted from the manga, the three key gambling moments were drawn from the books, although they come with minor tweaks to allow for a cinematic interpretation. Amongst the three games of Restricted Rock Paper Scissors, Human Derby and E-Card, which is an interesting game of chance involving Citizen, Emperor and Slave cards, director Toya Sato who also helmed Gokusen the Movie should be given credit for crafting the games and heightening tensions in an order of a crescendo befitting of a grand hurrah, striking a balance between the need to entertain, and to tickle that mind of yours in a battle of wits.

There's a certain formula employed as well, with everything explained toward the end in a series of flashbacks, so yeah, the answers will be given after you exercised that noodle a little. In some ways, the games were played in a fashion similar to how Jigsaw designed his. With the latter, the games serve as a lesson to those who had lived the good life, to teach them to be contented with their lot and not take life for granted.

With this, it's in a way to break the barrier of zero confidence amongst those who are deemed losers in life, giving them monetary incentives to participate in death-defying games, in order to make them realize that through hard work and surpassing what is deemed impossible, will the survivors know that reward only comes from performance.

Sounds a little like our workfare scheme, minus the death elements. Like any manga inspired or movie adapted from graphic novels, the film barely scratched the surface of its rich origin material. As such, do keep your eyes peeled for a sequel currently scheduled for a debut. Expect more death-defying games, battle of wits, and a caution to those who are too smart for their own good, and if those elements in a film are your cup of tea then you shouldn't miss this! Was this review helpful?

Sign in to vote. CountZero 18 October Out there somewhere, in a parallel universe, the rules of film-making are inverted. Rule number 1: You cannot have too much exposition. Visual storytelling is replaced by dialogue-heavy scenes, the more the better. Rule number 2: Over-acting is better than acting. If you are really thirsty and you drink a beer, you have to close your eyes, look to the heavens, ooh and ah, fall to your knees, and declare out loud how damn GOOD it tastes, all the while talking to yourself.

You know, like in a beer commercial. The bad news is, director Toya Sato has escaped from that parallel universe into ours, and brought this clunking, tawdry, disjointed insult to the proud tradition of Japanese cinema with him. The story, such as it is, is that Kaiji has a huge gambling debt and his life is going nowhere. That leads him to becoming the plaything of a misanthropic multi-billionaire building a nuclear shelter using slave labour and with a penchant for life-and-death gambling games.

Not a bad premise, but utterly sunk in this execution. If film is stories told by pictures, and the Japanese are a non-verbal culture, could someone please tell me why there is so much TALKING in this film?

Kaiji crosses a narrow bridge meters in the air. He looks behind to see that his friend has fallen. The audience can see he has fallen. But Kaiji tells us: "He has fallen. The players play three cards, and each play is a draw.

They have two cards left. We can see this, but somehow we get to hear Endo's thoughts, which tell us: "After three cards played it is a draw. It is down to the last two cards. Is there a retarded baboon wearing earplugs and a blindfold sitting at the back of the theatre that Sato felt the need to accommodate?

I have given only two examples, but the whole film is like this. The most glaringly obvious action is either replayed, or explained verbosely by one character to another. Characterization is practically non-existent. Kaiji is a gambler, but where he came from, how he ended up in such a rut, is never mentioned. He empathises with one of his fellow victims, but it is not clear why. At his ostensible moment of triumph, he is celebrating gambling wins and downing a beer - despite the horror of watching all of his comrades in arms falling from the aforementioned narrow bridge.

He starts the movie caring only for himself, and finishes it the same way. And we know no more about him. Endo is a gangster but seems taken by Kaiji, even though she is fully complicit in the murder and mayhem games that afflict him. It turns out she is no good, and this puts a period on the film's major failing - there is no one to like. All of the characters start out as reprehensible, and never redeem themselves.

They never grow, learn, or reflect. Plotting is flimsy. Kaiji at one point conveniently produces a magic marker to draw with, despite just being released from a dungeon. The dungeon prisoners suddenly get a TV in their cell where no one existed before. At one point, on a ship, a left-over card in the game seals Kaiji's fate. It is a huge moment story-wise, propelling us into the next sequence. But as the game starts with an even number of cards and they are discarded two at a time, it is impossible for there to be one left-over card.

Lazy, ill-disciplined scripting at its worst. Pacing is uneven to say the least. The bridge crossing takes an eternity, as Kaiji and his older pal have a sentimental outpouring about their lives so far. And yet when we come back to the job at hand - crossing the bridge - we find out that the guy on the other bridge has made no progress during the course of the interminable conversation. I mean, what was he doing all this time?

Tatsuya Fujiwara overacts furiously. His beer-drinking antics are just shameful, the worst hamming since Amami is usually classy, but even she can't get out of TV mode and comes across as wooden.

Ken'ichi Matsuyama makes a cameo, and seems a class apart, making effective use of that menacing stare of his. Probably because he appears less, he took less direction from Sato, and therefore acts better.

Teruyuki Kagawa, usually so reliable and watchable, is dragged under by too-close close-ups, patchy pacing, and the failure to resist cranking it up a couple of notches. A better director would have gotten a better performance, one feels. It is incredulous that with this budget and this cast Kaiji turns out to be so mind-numbingly awful. Based on a comic, with a TV director, didn't someone realise that the element 'cinema' needed to be added to the equation?

Sato and friends - go to film school, and learn the basics. Or at least go back to your parallel universe. It is a riveting sizzler of a movie made with nerve-jangling Japanese brutality. Kaiji is a down and out thirty-year-old blue-collar loser who has no luck in life. He is bored of his dead-end job at the hypermarket, irritated that pompous and prosperous people drive around in Mercedes and depressed that he never has enough dough to rise above his comatose lifestyle.

One day, a debt collector arrives at his flat to offer him the chance to change his empty existence: go on a cruise with other down and outs, gamble, and repay his debts in the ultimate game of deception.

If you win, you start your life afresh, if you lose, well, you will never want to fool around with rock-paper-scissors again because Brave Men Road is the only way to escape years of forced underground slave labour.

This regimented Metropolis style nightmare comes to fruition in the symbolic utopian underground kingdom that blue-collar slave workers must construct for aristocratic city-dwellers. The languid masses march in union, take showers together and buy beer and munchies with their meagre pay to nullify and distract themselves from their authoritarianism.

Would you be willing to walk across an electrified beam between two skyscrapers to pay off your debts while superficial business executives watch you on television screens? The problem with this movie is that it has to compact the material of 13 volumes of manga into a 2 hour long movie. The very format forced some of 'Kaiji's strongest points to lose much of its impact, namely the gambling aspect of what is a very brainy and interesting manga.

The movie cuts down on the mental gymnastics that make Kaiji able to beat the odds in a believable way. As a result the viewer cannot quite grasp his genius as everything is edited to the point of losing coherence. The manga is plotted in such a way as to cover several arcs, each with its own crazily high stakes and particular flavor. The movie cannot frame a transition of the moments of the narrative without coming undone at the seams. Some choices in the adaptation were odd such as changing Endou's gender and changing the order of some events and there are other changes that may seem minor on the surface but end up diluting the tense do-or-die atmosphere that had readers of the manga flipping the pages anxiously and sitting at the edge of their seats.

Such as the terrifying ear perforation device or the finger guillotine, both if which are completely absent in the movie. Kaiji's inner dialog is hyped mostly as an emotional appeal without the counterbalancing effect of his quick mind.

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Postby Sacage В» 21.09.2019

In part B, Morioka has a dream where she and all her real life friends are characters in Fruits de Mer. Kuroyukihime explains that she chose to show Haruyuki the program because she needs his help. Game Comedy Drama.

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Postby Kazralkis В» 21.09.2019

Sunrise 25 eps. Hikaru no Go. In a fit of rage, Haseo vows to find gamblimg elusive Tri-Edge and kill him. January 16, Rating: 2. The Cooler

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Postby Tushicage В» 21.09.2019

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Postby Mezishakar В» 21.09.2019

Toei Animation 27 eps. Yomiuri Group. Just trashy source to be six kinds of fun without making you hate yourself in the morning. High Score Girl: Extra Stage. Taking place during Haseo's first year in The World.

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Postby Kazigis В» 21.09.2019

Fatone as Highway Officer. Based on the first entry of the famous gambling manga series by Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor follows our unlucky protagonist as he is forced to fight not only other people, but also the mysteries of their psyches. The Simpsons.

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Postby Gucage В» 21.09.2019

To satiate her desires, M reviews footage of the competition with her, commentating on the trials that he and LLENN faced together. Their game accidently sucks them into an alternate dimension called Vestroia, the home ground of Bakugan. It is a huge moment story-wise, propelling us into the next sequence.

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Postby Ball В» 21.09.2019

The trio take turns cutting strings on a miniature guillotine, with the final outcome including at least one player losing their finger. If you win, hambling start your life afresh, if gamblong lose, well, you will never want to fool around with rock-paper-scissors again because Brave Men Road the only way to escape years of forced underground slave labour. You know what the end result will ultimately be, but it's an addictive rush the whole way there. April 19,

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Postby Faelkree В» 21.09.2019

Owing to an increasing debt, Kaiji Itou ends up resuming his old lifestyle. Studio Pierrot 75 eps. Outlander: Season 5. In the two years since then, Jack has risen to the top of the dueling world, while Yuusei has been making preparations thanks to the help of his friends.

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Postby Tolkree В» 21.09.2019

It's refreshing to see a strictly platonic relationship between qnime and female leads like this, with all if any sexual tension coming strictly from Yumeko's obsession with almond gift bark games. On his first day in gambliing game, newcomer Haseo thinks he has made some friends to quest with. As the appearance of this storm gives birth to Speed Duels, in which duelists surf the wind as they duel, Yusaku battles against Hanoi in order to uncover the truth concerning an incident that happened to him years ago.

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Postby Katilar В» 21.09.2019

October 6, Watch Video Stella no Mahou. As the original material adapts to its new format it becomes diluted.

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Postby Mugis В» 21.09.2019

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