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- Movie: Violence PM
- Romaji: Baiorensu PM
- Japanese: バイオレンスPM
- Director: Takahiro Ishihara
- Writer: Takahiro Ishihara
- Cinematographer: Yasuo Tani
- Release Date: March 25, 2011 (Domestic DVD)
- Runtime: 82 min
- Genre: Action
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
As a young child, Masashi and friends play dice in front of a store. A man from the store pulls a girl from Masashi's group into an alleyway. He reprimands her and then proceeds to slash her cheek with a razor blade.
Several years later, Masashi, now a teenager, hangs out at a diner and talks with friends about their upcoming fight with a rival gang. Masashi then spots a man in a corner booth. The man is the store owner from several years back that slashed Mashashi's girlfriend in the cheek. Masashi tells his friends to wait for him outside. He then walks up to the large man and challenges him to a fight outside. The large man enthusiastically takes on Masashi's challenge. When they get outside, Masashi has several friends outside with baseball bats.
Masashi now as an adult works as a low-level member in yakuza gang. One day, he's ordered to make a reservation for his boss at a nearby hostess club. When Masashi returns, he discovers all of his group were killed by an assassin. Masashi is then beaten by other gang members. They suspect Masashi might be a snitch. Eventually, Masashi is kicked out of the yakuza and spends his days laying aimlessly in his apartment. When a letter arrives from an old high school friend, Masashi is given a chance for a new start by joining a guardian angel group ...
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Q&A w. director Takahiro Ishihara (PiFan 2011)
Q&A took place after a screening of "Violence PM" at the 2011 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival on July 16th. AsianWiki editor Ki Mun was there and transcribed/translated the session.
- Moderator - I woud like to ask first about your impressions coming to the Puchon International Film festival?
- Takahiro Ishihara - (speaks English) I am from Osaka. My name is Mr. Violence ... Thank You.
- Audience Question - I am impressed with the actor who played Masashi. How did you cast him? Also, do you have any favorite Korean directors or actors?
- Takahiro Ishihara - (speaks Japanese) The actor (Akihiro Nonaka) who played Masashi never acted prior to this film. He normally plays the traditional Japanese drum and this was his first time acting. Answer to your second question. In February, I attended the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and screened "Violence PM" there During the festival I met Korean director Na Hong-Jin, who was there as a jury member for the competition section. My first impression of him was that he looked intimidating . Whenever Na Hong-Jin saw me, he told me to take off my sunglasses so he could look at my eyes.
- Moderator - How did you come to cast a man who normally plays the traditional Japanese drum as the male lead in your film?
- Takahiro Ishihara - When I make a movie, I like to have good friends there. Also, my friends introduce their unique friends to me. One of those unique friends was the man who came to play Masashi.
- Audience Question - My first question is about the guardian gang in the film. Is there such a group in Japan in real life? Also, there is a older woman in the movie that seems to be the head of the guardian group. What is her role in the guardian group and can you elaborate on the structure of the group?
- Takahiro Ishihara - There isn't such a group in Japan in real life. I made it up. 15 years ago, during the Kobe earthquake a temporary guardian group did come together. I'll explain a little why I made the guardian group for my film. In Japan, there's a lot of random killings that occur. I can't understand such irrational actions. I think those people who commit random killings are not able to be dealt with by the police. That's why I made this movie. Things that the police cannot deal with, by making this movie, I want to express punsihment for them. Answer to your question about the older woman - that woman is the boss of the guardian group in the movie. I'll tell you a secret here. The Osaka boss of prostitution groups is a woman. It's a top secret. There is no other deeper meanings why the older woman is there in the film. I chose an actual figure to make the film more vivid. It also felt funny.
- Audience Question - Masashi, can't achieve his dream and then joins a guardian group to punish those who commit random killings. Also the guardian group kills people who commits the random killing ... which is the same as those random killing.
- Takahiro Ishihara - They commit violence, but I think there's different types of violence. Unlike people who kill the old, children or women, there are people are justified and never commits violence on those groups. There must be different types of violence. Like Masashi is extremely violent, but very polite to women. The ones that randomly commit violence should be distinguised from groups like the guardian gang that use violence for a particular purpose.
- Audience Question - My favorite part of the movie was Getsukou kicking the guy in the head and he falls back. What was the inspiration for that scene, if there was any?
- Takahiro Ishihara - Kichiku has a lots of weapons and Getsukou, although smart and strong, has no weapons. In the scene, Getsukou needs to subdue Kichiku before he taks out his weapons. I spent a lot of effort in that scene so I'm happy you liked that scene.
- Audience Question - Are there any other movies which inspires you to make movies?
- Takahiro Ishihara - I get inspiration from so many other films that I can't think of anything in particular right now. After the Puchon International Film festival, I am going to make my next film. For my next film, I decided to make villain way more evil than the villain you see in Violence PM. So in that film something like a monster will come out.
- Moderator - "Violence PM" is yout first long film. Before "Violence PM" you made short films. Most of those short films were about pretty things and kids dreaming. For your debut feature film you went in the opposite direction. I wanted to ask for your next film what kind of film will you make? You already mentioned in your next film the villain will be a lot worse than "Violence PM." Also, long term, where do you see your movie career going?
- Takahiro Ishihara - I want to make movies in which kids, adults, grandmothers and grandfathers and yakuza all exist. I want to make this kind of movie. Keep your eye out for my films.
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