.:: Synopsis ::.
An outrageous contemporary Japanese genre-mongrel, Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl combines sentimental Yakuza gangster machismo with the fatalistic romance of the road movie and the deadpan irreverence of vanguard Asian action cinema. Director Katsuhito Ishii pulls out all the stops in re-imagining Minetaro Mochizuki's popular Manga comic book for the screen, creating an avalanche of giddily graphic violence and a melee of offbeat gun-crazy characters.
Distracted by the sight of a handsome, nearly naked man sprinting across a winding mountain road, Toshiko (Shie Kohinata) inadvertently interrupts a mob execution by crashing her car into a limo full of eccentric assassins. Fresh from a frenzied m?nage ? trois, Belmondo-cool Samehada (Tadanobu Asano; Taboo, Ichii the Killer) seduces Toshiko into a life-or-death race with an army of mob killers joined by a moon-walking, love-struck amateur hit man dispatched by Toshiko's depraved uncle.
From the Yakuza assassins' color-coordinated guns to the shadow-dappled forests in which the film is set, Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl bursts with an urgently hypnotic collision of wild styles and flights of visual imagination.
.:: Critical Acclaim ::.
"SSM & PHG is close in spirit to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers...Stylish and hot." - Dave Kehr, The New York Times
"Manga-maniacal...hits the ground running." - Ed Park, The Village Voice
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