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Goodbye Cruel World
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A couple with bright hair and white coats stand off in a love hotel, aiming shotguns
Goodbye, Cruel World グッバイ・クルエル・ワールド, dir. Tatsushi Omori, Japan 2022, 127 min., Japanese with English subtitles, 18

Five strangers gather in a light blue Ford Thunderbird and make their way under the cover of darkness. The group have only just met each other for the first time and have assembled for a one-time robbery job. They head towards a deserted love hotel acting as a money laundering site for a yakuza gang. Their heist ends in success, and the five return to their respective lives with a great sum of money in their hands – everything according to plan. But the yakuza, police, robber gangs, politicians and more follow the scent of money. Who is friend and who is foe? Who will be the last one standing in this war?

This can be considered a Japanese Pulp Fiction mixed with Bonnie and Clyde – an oddly beautiful noir film of stylish decadence. The film stars Hidetoshi Nishijima, who previously starred in Drive My Car, playing an ex-yakuza who leads the robbery gang.
08:20 pm
Sun, 12 Feb 2023
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