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Original Name  賭博默示錄
Official Release Date Jun 18, 2010
Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Yuki Amami, Teruyuki Kagawa
Director Toya Sato
Screen Format Anamorphic Wide Screen
Video Format NTSC
Audio Dolby Digital
Language Japanese, Cantonese
Subtitles English, Chinese
Year 2009
Running Time 130 Minutes
Genre Drama
Version  Hong Kong
  Category IIB
Not suitable for young persons and children.
PAX-Code PAX0003063621
Catalog No.  DVD-5278
Item Code  4890391152787

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Kaiji Ito is a 26-year-old man who leads a hand-to-mouth existence working halfheartedly at his part-time job at a convenience store. Although he doesn’t admit it, he is the typical loser of today’s society. Then one day, a woman named Rinko Endo of a loan company demands that Kaiji clear a big debt he cosigned for his friend. Kaiji, who leads a hand-to-mouth existence, has no way to get a hold of such money. Then Endo sweetly tells the desperate Kaiji that if he boards a ship that departs in a few hours, he could have a
chance to clear the debt overnight and, moreover, make a lot of money for himself at the same time. Kaiji is skeptical at first but when Endo tells him that it is his chance to change his life,
he makes up his mind to go aboard, but without realizing he has taken Endo’s bait…

The cabin is full of losers like Kaiji who are deep in debt. If they win the game that is about to start, they can clear their debts, but if they don’t, they will lose all dignity as human beings and will be forced into hard labor for the next few decades. “Winning
is everything! If you lose, you’re trash!” Tonegawa, an executive of the Teiai Group who oversees the ship, provokes the participants. The game that will change Kaiji’s life starts. However it is merely the prelude to the cruel, odd, unique, and once-in-a-lifetime “life-risking adventure” of Kaiji and the other youth. Soon, the players are caught up in the violent whirlwind of fate…

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SK (83) on 09, Aug. 2010 18:03 (HKT)

There is little subtlety in this movie as at every turn and scene, an over the top level of melodrama is present. Furthermore, everything is also over-explained. Many scenes are also unnecessarily prolonged containing dialogue and behaviour that is unrealistic even within the boundaries of this movie (e.g. the balancing beam scene which felt like it seemingly went on forever). Fujiwara who is not a bad actor per se, unfortunately also overreacts and overacts seemingly in every scene which becomes again, over the top. There is also no attempt made to introduce us to the backgrounds of any of the characters and as such the characters lack depth. The only good thing about this movie were the attempts to illustrate the endless rut that the so-called 'losers' of Japanese society unwittingly impose upon themselves and even then, like everything else in the film, it was overdone. All in all, despite the reunion casting of Fujiwara and Matsuyama, it was a disappointing movie experience.
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