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The Guard From Underground
The Guard From Underground
Actors: Makiko Kuno, Yutaka Matsushige, Hatsunori Hasegawa, Ren Ôsugi, Tarô Suwa
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2006     1hr 36min

Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse), one of Japan?s most respected directors, delivers a twisted tale of psychotic, bone-snapping violence that pays homage to the slasher movies of the 1980s. One thing?s for sure? it?ll make you thin...  more »

     
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Actors: Makiko Kuno, Yutaka Matsushige, Hatsunori Hasegawa, Ren Ôsugi, Tarô Suwa
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Creator: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Arts Magic
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 04/25/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1992
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Interesting mix of corporate satire and thriller
LGwriter | Astoria, N.Y. United States | 10/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One of the contemporary masters of Japanese film, Kiyoshi Kurosawa here fashions a dark tale that is both a sharp satire of corporate life and a B-movie thriller. A former sumo wrestler (and here, the Western viewer is surprised to discover that not all sumo wrestlers are huge ponderous guys) now working as a security guard goes on a murderous rampage in the company that's employed him.

How did he snag the job with a prior charge of murder? How is it that the only way a surviving employee can get help is by telexing New York City? Kind of hard to understand this, and no hints are provided--at least not to the first question.

As well, the juxtaposition of world-renowned art in commerce (i.e., how much can I buy and sell this Cezanne for?) with the obviously crude and horrible activity the guard engages in that dominates the story, give this film a unique feel.

Though not as well crafted as Kurosawa's astoundingly brilliant "Kyua (Cure)", this is nevertheless an interesting film.

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