Shinjuku Swan II

International Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2017
  • 133 mins
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)
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Shiratori Tatsuhiko (Go Ayano) still works for adult entertainment agency Burst, scouting his way through Shinjuku’s red-light district. After the turf war and agency merger that had his best friend Yosuke (Yuki Kubota) vanish without a trace, Tatsuhiko isn’t too sure what to do next. The answer comes from on high: expansion. The All Japan Liquor Association is set to open two new hostess clubs in Yokohoma, and Burst’s boss wants in on the pie. Turns out, however, that the port city isn’t the land of opportunity that was promised. Iinstead, Tatsuhiko and his new crew find themselves in the middle of another agency war, led by old rival Taki (Tadanobu Asano)!

Super-scout Tatsuhiko (Ayano, as energetic as ever) is back, and so is Sion Sono! After smash hits such as TAG, WHISPERING STAR and ANTIPORNO, the maverick director returns for round two of the SHINJUKU SWAN live-action films – here, adapting the arc “Yokohama Kingdom” from Ken Wakui’s popular seinen series of the same name. The change of setting – moving Burst from Kabukicho to the port of Yokohama – gives new life to the series, and finds Tatsuhiko and his crew confronted to the Yokohama Wizards, opposing Burst’s presence in the port city. As their boss, the excellent Tadanobu Asano (HARMONIUM, JOURNEY TO THE SHORE, RUINED HEART, and countless classics) dominates every scene he’s in – clearly having a blast with the character and the pulpier material! Not to be missed: it’s Ayano versus Asano, in Sion Sono’s arena!

- Ariel Esteban Cayer

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