Film Screening 8th May, 2008

Poster for Kamikazi Taxi

Kamikazi Taxi 

8:00 PM, 8th May, 2008

  • MA
  • 134 mins
  • Unknown
  • Masato Harada
  • Masato Harada
  • K((ocirc))ji Yakusho, Kazuya Takahashi, Mickey Curtis, Reiko Kataoka

A young Yakuza foot soldier vows revenge after his prostitute girlfriend dies in a work-related incident with a corrupt politician. He hijacks a taxi, and its driver, to take him on a kamikaze mission to rid the world of the corrupt elements of society that led to his loss. The taxi driver, a poor man who has spent much of his life living overseas, is happy to go along for the ride, as he too is weary of the corrupt culture that is being eliminated.

Kamikaze Taxi is a philosophical and fairly damning look at Japanese society and culture in the mid 1990s. It boldly questions the patriarchal attitudes of society, the role of women in this culture, society's passive denial of the effects of World War II and the xenophobic attitudes of Japanese society and business. Better yet, it manages to tackle these issues amidst some of the most stylish action scenes you will ever see.

This landmark Japanese film has never been available on DVD in Australia, despite finding modest success at the Australian box office, so be sure to catch this rare opportunity to see it.

Adam Gould