Sleepless Town (1998)

Sleepless Town (1998)

Released: 1998
Genre: Drama, Genre
Director: Chi-Ngai Lee
Starring: Kippei Shîna, Mirai Yamamoto, Takeshi Kaneshiro, ,
Run time: 122 min
IMDb: 7/10
Country: Hong Kong
Views: 159635


Kabukicho is a forgotten world. A place where people of different tongues and races meet, where they fight against each other to gain money, power and territory. The struggle which never ends. Based on a dangerous love story which unfolds a dangerous town.
Written by
L.H. Wong <[email protected]>
User Reviews: Sleepless Town was a pleasant surprise for me, a well-written and well-executed film, with a gangster storyline containing enough twists to win a dance contest.

Kenichi (Kaneshiro) is a half-Japanese, half-Chinese man of the underworld. You can sell him anything except children’s organs. His domain is in Kabukicho, a gangland controlled by various Shanghainese gangs intent on taking overall control. Things are calm, however, his former partner-in-crime, Fu-Chun, is rumoured to have returned to Kabukicho, having fled years earlier after killing the number two to gangland boss, Yuan (Tsang). Yuan wants to get even and attempts to do so by using Kenichi. Meanwhile, Fu-chun’s girlfriend, Natsumi Sato (Yamamoto) turns up to sell something to Kenichi.

It’s a complicated plot (not least to describe) and it is even more than I’ve said already. Plot twists are everywhere in this film, and it’s been designed to keep you guessing. And what’s more it works.

Takeshi Kaneshiro, heartthrob to millions of teenage girls in Asia, is perfect in his role with his trademark stone cold yet innocent manner. Meanwhile, Mirai Yamamoto, is simply brilliant in her role, keeping everyone guessing as to the motives of her character. And Eric Tsang demonstrates why he is everyone’s favourite gangland boss (epitomised in the Infernal Affairs trilogy)

This is a fine movie, and whilst the multitude of unpredictable twists really do push the limits of the story. Any more, it would be incoherent.

Overall, it is a very good movie, and is well worth a watch. One to see.

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