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Kamikaze Taxi (1995)
Starring: Mickey Curtis, Reiko Kataoka, Kazuya Takahashi, Kenichi Yajima, Koji Yakusho
Director: Masato Harada
Category: Avant Garde, Foreign
Studio: Media Blasters
169 mins



With everything to lose, the desperate band together.

Tatsuo, a young foot soldier in the Yakuza, seeks revenge when his prostitute girlfriend dies after a session with a high-ranking Japanese senator with a taste for torture. He's sets out on a "kamikaze" mission to kill his bosses and the politician. Along the way, he acquires the aid of a taxi driver, Kantake, who has recently returned to Japan after living in South America for several decades. and is struggling to cope with poverty and the prejudices of native-born Japanese.

The two form an unlikely and eventually take on father-son roles. Kantake proves to be an invaluable ally in Tatsuo's quest to take out the mob, the senator and everyone else who gets in the way.