Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike by Tom Mes

By Tom Mes

This version contains a new and multiplied color part, thoroughly up to date DVD info, and a number of other fresh stories of Takashi Miike movies that have been unavailable for assurance on the time of the book's preliminary construction.

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While hiding out at the Angels HQ, he steals a number of documents and makes off with them. Eri, still believing him to be on the run, goes to Yasuda’s office to plea on his behalf. She offers herself to the gangster in exchange for the boy’s life, but after Yasuda takes her to bed, he tells her that Sugeyoshi is in no danger and was in fact following his boss’ orders. When J&nds out what happened to Eri, he storms into Yasuda’s office armed with a pocketful of hand grenades borrowed from an old yakuza friend (played by Joji Abe, the author of the source novel).

Kazuyoshi’s advice not to return #*%I Hiroshima is little more than a banishment from his old milieu, leaving Yomi a solitary soul p fn an unknown world - in other words a completely rootless individual, like so many Miike “characters that would come after him. His relationship with Philippino prostitute Ruby and _. f r i e n d s h i p w i t h P e r u v i a n - J a p a n e s e g a n g s t e r T s u j i i a r e a n a t t e m p t a t f o r m i n g a g r o u p a n d &an environment to which they can all feel they belong.

At one of these clubs Makoto encounters Keiko again, the girl he and Eiji saved from being molested one night. With the building falling apart around them as a result of Taijo’s deadly karaoke act, Keiko tells him she’s auditioning for a part in av-cinema movie the next day. Makoto later finds out that the film in question is in fact a bondage porn video, produced by a company controlled by a rival yakuza group. Makoto and Eiji steal a scooter and head for the location to save Keiko, who is at the same moment tied to a bed in her high school uniform and about to be violated by a ski-masked brute.

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