If you ever wonder how all the fuss about Miike has started then look no further. This movie brought international recognition and acclaim to his work. Althought shot for video market only, movie was screened in portugal fantastic movie festival and stirred loads of interest. As a result, a brilliant director was unearthed who's still yet to be recognised and respected in Japan.
Fudoh family serves for a Yakuza organization and father holds an important place in among his peers. After witnessing his brother's murder by the hands of his very own father (who cold bloodedly tries to cover up a mess that is caused by his elder son), youngest member of the family swears for revenge.
Fudoh is a fantastical yakuza revenge movie. Like rest of his filmography, Miike's characters are definitely original as well as absurd. In order to carry out his personal war against his father, fudoh builds his own gang which includes deadly female classmates, primary school kids that are trained to become ruthless assasins and other strange characters. Weapons, murders, other characters are all very originally constructed.
Action and erotic scenes are guaranteed to leave you stunned and dark secrets of the characters are not forgotten and really add many interesting points to the overall absurdity of the film.Like rest of his portfolio, film has many bright ideas that are scattered in, flowing freely without following a pattern.
Also we do have Riki Takeuchi, the evil elvis of japan with long hair (and his scornful forced smile which became the trade mark of him)portraying the bad guy who's after young fudoh.
In comparison to his late work such as Ichi the killer and katakuris, movie seems a bit humble despite all the strangeness stamped all over it. But with such a small budget, director's movie passed the test of originality with flying colors.
Fudoh is a bizzare nutfeast and truly a definite watch for the fantastic movie lovers.