Hyôryû-gai (2000, JAP) C-103m. * D: Takashi Miike. Starring Teah, Michelle Reis, Patricia Manterola, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Koji Kikkawa, Ren Osugi. One of Japanese cult director Miike's action (over-)indulgences, this has been dubbed a remake of TRUE ROMANCE (1993), but expect nothing of the like. A Brazilian gangster and his Chinese broad are chased by police and mafia organizations. They need money to escape to China. Some stylish violence cannot overcome poor pace and total lack of character development. If computer-animated cockfights are your cup of tea, then tune in. English titles: CITY OF LOST SOULS, CITY OF LAST SOULS, CITY OF STRANGERS, THE HAZARD CITY.

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