A film by Sabu. In Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese with german subtitles.
„The maverick director Sabu has made a hitman fable that’s like Charlie Chaplin meets Takeshi Miike. The weird thing is, it works.“ Variety
Professional hitman Long takes on an assignment in Japan. When things go awry, he has to flee. Badly injured, he takes refuge in a deserted part of a small town. A young boy brings him water and clothing. Long installs himself in one of the dilapidated houses where he prepares simple meals for the eight-year-old Jun. Jun’s mother Lily is a drug addict and, like Long, comes from Taiwan. The news of Long’s tasty cooking quickly spreads throughout the neighbourhood, and Long’s neighbours organise a mobile food stall for him. Soon, people are queuing up for Long’s noodle soup. Lily manages to kick her habit with Long’s help and, for a while, it looks as though this could mark the beginning of a new life for this community which fate has thrown together.
The search for a way out of a spiral of violence, for a quiet life and emotional security are topics that pervade Japanese director Sabu’s oeuvre. Seamlessly stringing together the rugged vernacular of gangster films with the tender moments of a burgeoning love story, his new work combines perfectly choreographed outbreaks of violence with contemplative cooking scenes and surprising moments of slapstick comedy.
Japan/Hongkong/ Taiwan/D 2017, 129 Min. Mandarin, Japanisch, Taiwanesisch mit dt. Untertiteln
Regie & Buch: Sabu
Kamera: Koichi Furuya
Schnitt: Georg Petzold
mit:.: Chen Chang, Yiti Yao, Runyin Bai