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City of Lost Souls
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Lost souls, lost purposes."
2 stars

Takashi Miike lowers himself another peg: a hardened Brazilian criminal frees his Chinese girlfriend from deportation in an attempt to flee the country elsewhere, however hampered by the yakuza and Chinese mafia, on bad terms themselves, who capture an innocent little blind girl that the Brazilian has a connection to.

When it isn’t bewilderingly silly and inconceivably overblown (i.e., jumping out from a flying helicopter and landing unscathed), it’s of the typical Miike variety — burping, farting, peeing, pooping, bleeding, etc. — and he is constantly introducing foreign elements into the action without rhyme or reason, all leading to the question of who’s the bigger badass. (Every once in a while he hits the mark with a laugh: a CGI cockfight stylized à la The Matrix.) Despite the blurred and faded color of the cinematography, Miike still can turn out a decent composition: the little girl on a swing, the battleground pit of the cockfight, a lingering conversation on the roof of a store. With Teah, Michelle Reis, Patricia Manterola, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, and Koji Kikkawa.

[See it if you must.]

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2005 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.

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12/21/10 Moose Rapper This movie is awesome. Don't listen to this critic 5 stars
5/31/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Very imaginative; never a dull moment 5 stars
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  25-May-2001 (R)

  25-Jul-2001 (18)


Directed by
  Takashi Miike

Written by
  Ichiro Ryu

  Michelle Reis
  Patricia Manterola
  Mitsuhiro Oikawa
  Koji Kikkawa
  Ren Osugi

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