Bad City

2022 [JAPANESE]

Action / Crime

11
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86% · 14 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 5.8/10 10 447 447

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Plot summary

Kensuke Sonomura directs the legendary Hitoshi Ozawa in this ultimate V-Cinema actioner. Kaiko City is plagued with poverty and crime. When a corrupt businessman decides to run for mayor and starts eliminating opponents from the rival mafia, a former police captain serving time for murder is secretly released and put in charge of a special task force to arrest him.


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September 16, 2023 at 09:19 AM

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1 hr 58 min
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1.06 GB
1280*544
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 58 min
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1920*816
Japanese 5.1
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 58 min
Seeds 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tkdlifemagazine 8 / 10

Another Winning Film From Well Go USA

Bad City is Another Winning Film From Well Go USA. This gritty Japanese crime and action drama is really really good. Censure Sonumura has really done a good job of Directing the movie and the action in this one. This story plays out more like a Korean crime drama than a Japanese one. Crooked Cops, dynamic personalities, and over the top personalities. The lines between good and bad are very blurred. The movie centers on a Charles Bronson like Police Chief, wrongly jailed to keep him from investigating the Yakuza's connection with the Korean mob. Now he is released through. Special task force to take down that same mob. He has a team of younger Detectives who are really good, including Hydra's Mansori Mamaoto. Some familiar faces from Japanese films like Baby Assassins are here too. I like everything about this- the action, the drama, the acting, and the cinematography. Watch it in Japanese with English Subtitles. Might be best film of the year!

Reviewed by PANDIAN120621 6 / 10

KENSUKE SONUMURA is man of action...!!!

The type of hand to hand combat and the brawl SONUMURA adapted is an investment that is close to reality even hollywood should adapt in future...the stunts are well staged and electrifying that showcases the Greed among the mobsters and their hunger towards power... The plot is better which a typical action flick should have and the charismatic cast with their realistic performance and their dedication towards action part adds a midas touch to the flick with some blood pumping fast combat sequences and promising brawls that I never witnessed is a delight to watch... Morever simple budget and a Crispy writing and some memorable low light wide angel shots makes it a worthy addition of japanese action flick.

Reviewed by alain-kapel5 7 / 10

Solid crime thriller

Entertaining Japanese action thriller by choreographer-turned-director Kensuke Sonomura. This is a bold step up from his lean, mean Hydra (2019), even if its bigger ambitions don't necessarily translate to a better film.

To explain more clearly, I believe this film is both bloated (partly because of its slightly convoluted plot) and sometimes dragged out even if just seen primarily as an action thriller (as in, it feels like it's missing Hydra's no-fat runtime). However, we don't see many yakuza films packed with this much fistfighting, and so Bad City kinda resembles Korean gangster films like The Outlaws. We have a tough police captain with his capable little crew kicking yakuza and Korean mafia asses alike. Which also means it is more fun than average genre fare.

As mentioned, I feel like the plot is complicated, rather needlessly so if I might add. In a way it reminded me of Hell Dogs, another recent yakuza thriller which fell flat trying to immerse you in its storyline. Thankfully, Bad City is more effective plot-wise, spinning a tale about gang wars getting out of control in a safer, yet more easily digestible manner. But it's still more confusing than it should be, and feels both awkward and unoriginal regarding certain plot points.

The main draw here is the action, and it is never less than entertaining. It's not quite as well choreographed or punishing as we usually see in Korean, HK and Indonesian action cinema, but that still doesn't detract from the fact it is really well done. Japanese action films (of the more grounded variety) are pretty rare, so it's refreshing to see one that isn't afraid to include more than a throwdown or two. Hitoshi Ozawa as the tough former captain and Tak Sakaguchi (impressively agile as usual) as a mute knife-wielding killer are standouts.

Overall, this was a pretty fun experience that should be recommended to Asian action fans, provided they don't mind some narrative bloat or certain inconsistencies (like some rather cheap sounding audio effects).

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