Two lovers go on the run from their past in Keibetsu
, the latest film from director Hiroki Ryuichi (Vibrator
). Based on author Nakagami Kenji's final novel before his death in 1992, this romance noir is an intense character drama about two outcasts trying to find a place to belong, only to face obstacles every step of the way. Suzuki Anne (Hana and Alice
) gives the breakthrough performance of her career, playing an exotic dancer who elopes with a young gambler, played by Kora Kengo (M
, Into the White Night
). Returning to a darker realm after a string of gentle, low-key dramas, Hiroki depicts a fiery, passionate romance about two people who can only rely on each other in a cold, violent world.
Kazu is a young gambler forced to participate in an intimidation mission with gangsters because of his gambling debt. On the job, he attracts the attention of exotic dancer Machiko (Suzuki Anne), and the two fall in love at first sight. Out of impulse, the two go on the run and flee from Tokyo to Kazu's hometown for an attempt at a normal life. However, Kazu and Machiko are looked down upon by almost everyone in town due to their pasts. Things get even worse when Kazu borrows money from a loan shark, and the two's dream of a normal life slips even further away.
This edition contains the 145-minute director's cut. It comes with a bonus DVD with making of, interviews, stage events, and trailers.