|Smuggler - Sumagura (おまえの未来を運べ)|
|ThrillerGay AssassinsViolenceBlood and Gore|
My apologies, when I first posted this I included some of the additional subtitles in zip files meant the upload was deleted.
Japanese: スマグラー おまえの未来を運べ
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Writer: Shohei Manabe (Manga), Katsuhito Ishii, Masatoshi Yamaguchi, Kensuke Yamamoto
Producer: Hideaki Endo, Masatoshi Yamaguchi, Kazuto Takida, Akira Yamamoto
Cinematographer: Hiroshi Machida
World Premiere: September 16, 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
Release Date: October 22, 2011
Runtime: 115 min.
Genre: Thriller / Action
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Subtitles: English, Chinese- simplified and traditional, Arabic and Bulgarian
Gormless Ryosuke Kinuta (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is a failed actor who is trapped into debt to Yuki Yamaoka (Yasuko Matsuyuki), an underground banker and facilitator, who gets him work in the disposal business. His job is to help smuggle and dispose of bodies and makes 50,000 Yen (about $USD450.00) a day doing so. He works with the seemingly gruff and heartless Jo (Masatoshi Nagase) and his gambling addicted assistant Jijii (Tatsuya Gashuin).
Vertebrae (Masanobu Ando) and Viscera are ace gay assassins for hire, mainly for the Chinese mob, and provide some of the bodies that Ryosuke, Jo and Jijii dispose of. Bukutadashi Kabashi (Tsuyoshi Abe), a member of the Chinese mob, is suspected of double dealing and Vertebrae and Viscera are sent to investigate. Vertebrae jealously believes that Viscera and Bukutadashi are having an affair, and Vertebrae unfortunately remains unconvinced by Viscera's denials. The two assassins go to Bukutadashi's pad and while there Viscera follows Bukutadashi into the kitchen, when he goes to make tea, where they start making out while Vertebrae sullenly remains in the lounge room.
Vertebrae is captured, after being drugged, and the transport team of Jo, Ryosuke and Jijii are commissioned to freight the assassin to deceased Boss Tanuma's gang. On route Ryosuke empathises with the bound Vertebrae and relaxes the bonds which Vertebrae takes advantage of to escape. Ryosuke soon finds himself having to use all his acting skills to stay alive ...
Based on Shohei Manabe's manga Smuggler first published from May-August, 2000.
There are some really well observed moments in this film and the beautifully ironic use of the Colonel Bogey March (theme music for the The Bridge over the River Kwai) adds a piquant twist in just the right place. I've always admired Tsumabuki Satoshi's acting, ever since seeing him running around in speedos as Suzuki in his breakout film - the 2001 Waterboys. He's able to play over a wide range and is able to convey in a gesture a depth of meaning that would otherwise glide by, as in one episode of the 50 episode Tenchijin where he also believably covered an age spectrum from about 18 through to mid fifties.
I always think that Japanese and South Korean manga translations to screen work better than those done by Hollywood which never seem to be able to sever the umbilical cord to the original; it could be that the source material seems to have more nuance and depth- but then again it's also probably a personal bias having never been entranced by the marvelverse. Smuggler, however, doesn't eschew it's manga origins but rather playfully embraces them.
Satoshi Tsumabuki - Ryosuke Kinuta
Masatoshi Nagase - Jo
Yasuko Matsuyuki - Yuki Yamaoka
Hikari Mitsushima - Chiharu Tanuma
Masanobu Ando - Vertebrae
Tatsuya Gashuin - Jijii
Fumiyo Kohinata - Kenji Nishio
Masahiro Takashima - Seiji Kawashima
Tsuyoshi Abe - Bukutadashi Kabashi
Ryushin Tei - Viscera
Hitoshi Kiyokawa - Yoshiharu Takahashi
Additional Cast Members:
Yohachi Shimada - Tanuma
Shota Matsuda - police officer
Ren Osugi - police officer
Kanji Tsuda - aloha man
Susumu Terajima - Jo's friend
Yoshiyuki Morishita - convenience store clerk
Tomoya Maeno - young convenience store clerk