As I write this movie review, I think of the term ‘extreme.’ To me, the term means pushing the limits with no regard to anything (or anyone) else around.
Merriam-Webster defines the term as some of the following:
- Existing in a very high degree.
- Going to great or exaggerated lengths.
- Exceeding the ordinary, usual or expected.
“Shinjuku Triad Society” fits in the theme of extreme as it is extremely violent, disgusting, troubling, odd (which includes the weird bits of comedy) and violent. I came into this film not knowing anything about Takashi Miike and his works, I know that he is a notable film maker in Japan and his films are special. He also directed that new adaptation of “Blade of the Immortal.”
I don’t regret what I have seen though and I look forward to seeing the rest of the Black Society Trilogy. Hopefully the rest of the movies are toned down and easier to follow but I am not holding my breath.