Fudoh: The New Generation (1996)
By: Michael Helms on July 26, 2005  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Siren Visual (Australia). All Regions, PAL. 1.85:1 (16:9 enhanced). Japanese DD 2.0. English Subtitles. 98 minutes
The Movie
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring:Hosuke Tanihara, Kenji Takano, Marie Jinno, Tamaki Kenmochi, Toru Minegishi, Riki Takeuchi, Miho Nomoto, Mickey Curtis, Takashi Caesar, Satoshi Niizuma
Screenplay: Toshiyuki MoriokaTanimura
AKA:Gokudô Sengokushi: Fudô
Fudoh: The New Generation appeared on DVD not long after it turned up on the excellent Australian TV Channel SBS (a place that even plays Swedish horror films!). So far, it's the earliest Takashi Miike film to get a release here. It apparently began life as a DTV film before the producer saw what they had and put it on the festival circuit. If you dig crazed yakuza, ultra-violent, blood drenched, decapitating, stripper action with violence, chances are you'll be more than mildly entertained by Fudoh.

An epic family plot develops quickly pitting a son and his gang of highly trained pre-pubescent killers up against his murderous father in an escalating series of out-of-control power plays. All situations ending in violence. After an explosive scene in a toilet that includes a neat hand grenade gag, a head turns up in an esky, and you know there's going to be a gang war. A son witnesses his father kill his older sibling and place his brother's head on a table at the next board meeting.

Ten years later the son is still in school but developing a team and working on a long term takeover plan of vengeance. His killer kids pop a guy, tazer everyone else, and leave with toys. A man in a car is offered a cup of coffee and has a total body hemorrhage. Riding a tidal wave of blood a passenger is blown out of the vehicle.

Meanwhile a Sumo size guy is creating havoc all over. He carjacks a motorbike and promptly runs over it's owner. In school a teacher bashes a pupil before asking young Riki Fudoh to come to his office after class. Sumo turns up at school and is in the same class as Riki. Sumo is impressed when he spots Riki sweeping around at night in gangster mode with full entourage. One of Riki's gal pals works in a strip club on an act that involves unzipping the fly in her panties and inserting a steel straw that she loads with darts and shoots balloons. A sly shot at the nightclub takes part of a guy's brain as it moves from ear to ear and embeds itself in a nearby wall. An armed femme decimates an office sending an old guy crashing through a window into a street parade. An old man is dying requiring a replacement at the top of the tree. Riki Fudoh has some flashbacks and performs nude swordplay. Sumo approaches Riki at school but balloon shooter steps in and fires. Sumo stops the blood sodden projectile just before it pierces his face. Unfortunately rocket girl has her period. She apologizes profusely but the blood runs that way as well. Riki turns back and everyone goes for a walk by railroad tracks. One of the gals stops for a quick stand up piss. Sumo joins the gang and the first order of business is a raid on the Yasha gang. Riki runs his sword through an old man's neck. Sumo beats up everyone.

Enter Riki Takeuchi as crime boss and problem solving head kicker, Daigen Nohma. He asks Riki's Dad to bring him the head of his youngest son. Things get further twisted. Kinchi killings in the kitchen. A new killer phys. ed teacher. Another body out a window. And surprise genitals! Sumo gets blown up but comes back even meaner with half a metal face and body. It all comes to head in a welter of bullet removal, (more) nude swordsmanship flashbacks, indelible blood relations, and decapitation.
Constantly as sharp as some of the suits (and mullets) it pictures with detail revealing all sorts of grue. Fudoh spends a lot of the time in the dark but occasionally steps into the light to demonstrate consistencies of blood. Takashi Miike makes films loaded with violent incident and Fudoh The New Generation is a benchmark in many ways. From flesh tones to what's underneath it all looks good.
Fudoh is full of sonic disturbance which is punctuated by a hard rockin' guitar led beat. The AC-3 Stereo reproduction is limited but punchy. From the splintering of toilet cubicles to the sound of sex on the computer desk and steel through flesh and bone, Fudoh has a throbbing soundscape that deserves the 5.1 surround mix it didn't get here.
Extra Features
Trailers for Ichi the KIller, Visitor Q, Dead or Alive, and Fudoh.
The Verdict
A twisted and twisting yakuza crime, sex and death spree. With Fudoh, Takashi Miike has all of the elements that he's kept alive in places like Ichi The Killer, Visitor Q and Dead Or Alive: rape, sudden violent painful death, wilful destruction of property, surprise urgent sex scenes, theft, assault, depravity, gore, illicit drug use. At a time when Sin City is being lauded check out this great live action version of a manga. Fully sick. Riki Takeuchi looms large in the ad art but not a lot on screen although his presence cannot be ignored. His mullet alone spreads fear.
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