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Film Review: Ley Lines (1999) by Takashi Miike

Ley Lines” (1999) is the final part in Takashi Miike’s thematically connected “Black Society Trilogy” of crime dramas that began with “Shinjuku Triad Society” (1995) and continued with “Rainy Dog” (1997). As with those films, Miike’s eyes are once again fixed firmly on the underclass of immigrants, prostitutes and criminals who are struggling to survive in the hostile environment they find themselves in.

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The film follows three young men of Chinese descent living in a rural part in Japan. Ryuichi (Kazuki Kitamura) is struggling to get his immigration papers due to being on probation. He decides to leave his small hometown and travel to Tokyo to seek his fortune. He is joined by his friend Chan (Tomorowo Taguchi), a fellow gang member, and his younger brother Shun (Michisuke Kashiwaya), a keen student and less inclined to violence.

After their arrival the three men run into a prostitute, Anita

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