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Hailed both as Japan's Mad Max, Sogo Ishii's high-octane, loud-and-proud breakthrough hit was one of that country's great success stories, a graduation project from a film school punk rocker bought by Toei Studios and released nationwide. The plot involves Ken, a gang leader dreaming of a quiet life with his girlfriend Noriko, and Jin, Ken's maverick successor, who isn't about to let yakuza kingpins or right-wing nutjobs tell him what to do or whom to kill. Jin's violent individualism in a world where even outlaws follow the bosses' orders references the doomed anti-establishment heroes of Kinji Fukasaku, but Crazy Thunder Road points toward a new style of genre filmmaking-fast-paced, quick-witted and brilliantly stylized.
Director: Sogo Ishii
Cast: Tatsuo Yamada, Hiroshi Ebisudani, Masamitsu Ooike, Yosuke Nakajina
Genre: Action, Cult, Punk
Language: Japanese (Choose English subtitles - press the CC button to turn on subtitles)
Runtime: 97 minutes