Offbeat Cops is an original story written and directed by Eiji Uchida for his fourteenth film to date. It stars Hiroshi Abe as Tsukasa Naruse, a divorcee and hard-boiled detective on the verge of catching the elusive leader of a phishing ring that targets elderly people, violently invades them at home and robs them of any money or personal belongings before leaving their victims for dead. When the film starts, he’s so close to getting his man that he can taste it, and will go to just about any lengths necessary to catch the culprit, even if it means abusing his authority with suspects.
Why Don’t You Play In Hell director Sono Sion is back in the fray this week ahead of the upcoming release of his latest beat-em-up gangster flick, Tokyo Tribe, based on manga author Santa Inoue’s 1993 publication and subsequent serial anime. Following the first promotional still released several days ago, we now get to see some of the brutal live-action chaos set to dazzle audiences in the form of a glorious new teaser with hip hop artist Young Dais leading in his big screen debut, along with Ryuta Sato, Nana Seino, Ryohei Suzuki, Shoko Nakagawa and Riki Takeuchi.
Tokyo Tribe releases in Japan on August 30.
Set sometime in the future, five years have passed since the Shibuya riots. There are now several tribes that exists in Tokyo. Boys makeup tribes and they occupy areas under their influence. Kai Deguchi is a member of the tribe Musashino Saru led by Tera.
One day, a member of Musashino Saru is killed by rival tribe Bukuro Wu-RONZ led by Mera. Kai and Mera are former best friends, but not anymore. Meanwhile, Tera, the leader of Musashino Saru and a moderate who forbids using violence, is killed by Mera from Bukuro Wu-RONZ.
Musashino Saru is now divided by two sides: one advocates following their slain leader’s non-violence idealogy and the other side who wants to use violence to exact revenge. A riot soon ensues among the tribes.