Another Lonely Hitman

"OK"

Another Lonely Hitman Review


It ain't easy being a killer. Between the late nights, the wacked-out whores, and the constant pressure from unreasonable bosses, it's enough to drive a guy to drugs. Fortunately, 10 years in the slammer eliminates pretty much all of these problems.

Newly released from a decade in prison, Tachibana (Ryo Ishibashi) is a new man living by an old code. While the jail time has cleared his mind and bloodstream, his conscience still aches from the memory of his past acts. Meanwhile, the world has changed in his absence. The bosses he so faithfully served time for have forgotten the old ways of the yakuza, abandoning their honor in the pursuit of money. Corruption now pervades the crime family to which he has dedicated his life. Drugs now rule the street.

Disgusted by the degeneration of those he had always respected, Tachibana finds himself out of touch with the only family he has known. And when he falls in love with a junkie prostitute he barely knows, he risks everything to reclaim a life of honor and respect -- for himself and his new lover.

Rokuro Mochizuki's Another Lonely Hitman is a strangely affectionate noir about the ever-widening schism between the ideal of an honor-bound Japanese culture and the encroaching reality of a world run by money, greed, and self-service. With a smart, charming cast and dynamic pacing, Hitman builds a compelling world out of an otherwise overdone storyline and a mediocre script.

Though director Mochizuki's resume of noir blockbusters should denote experience enough to avoid such disasters, maddeningly obvious plot blunders nearly destroy the film. The problem lies mostly in the occasional voice-overs by Ishibashi, which repeatedly contradict various and sundry established plot elements, nuking the movie's credibility at its foundation. For example, the narrative informs us that the hit for which Tachibana is imprisoned is his first and that he first shot up in preparation for the hit. But when he's released from prison we're led to believe that he's a hardened old-school hitman and ex-junkie. The glaring inconsistency rides the film like a horseman of doom, never letting go of the bridle, and even as the movie closes it's hard to accept all that has been presented as a single cohesive story.

Cunning acting by Ryo Ishibashi and Asami Sawaki overcomes the burden of Hitman's dead and discombobulated dialog. Ishibashi commands the screen like a young Brando, brooding belligerently at the ruin of his life and doling out retribution on those he both pities and despises.

What Another Lonely Hitman lacks in its script it makes up for in camera work. While occasionally trending toward the amateur and gimmicky -- or even fetishistically pornographic, including a repellent shot of Ishibashi puking directly onto the lens and an open-legged view of Asami Sawaki peeing her panties -- Hitman is an interesting study in experimental cinematography. Ultimately, these scenes may be the picture's only memorable moments, not unlike the butter scene in Last Tango in Paris.

Lovers of Japanese yakuza noir may find Another Lonely Hitman worth adding to their Netflix queues, but it's hardly a compelling contribution to the genre.

Aka Shin kanashiki hittoman.



Another Lonely Hitman

Facts and Figures

Run time: 105 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 1st July 1995

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Rokuro Mochizuki

Starring: as Takashi Tachibana, as Yuki Tajima

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Advertisement
Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.