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Credits
  • Director: Su-yeon Gu
  • Producer: Masahiro Harada, Kimio Kataoka
  • Screenwriters: Su-yeon Gu, Mitsunori Gu
  • Cast: Shôta Matsuda, Kento Nagayama, Atsurô Watabe, Tokio Emoto, Sei Ashina, Shidô Nakamura, Keiko Awaji, Kaname Endô, Yûya Endô, Hakuryu, Yûma Ishigaki, Nobuaki Kaneko, Naoki Kawano, Claude Maki, Yôko Maki, Motoki Ochiai, Gôta Watabe, Dai Watanabe
  • Cinematography: Hideyuki Mushû
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART03
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Country: Japan
  • Language: Japanese with English subtitles
  • Rating: NR
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 109 minutes
  • Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color
  • Bonus material: Trailer, 12-page collector’s booklet that includes an essay on Hard Romanticker, a study of Toei Studios’ Yakuza films by Japanese cinema expert Patrick Macias and a gallery of original Toei film posters
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Based on director Gu Su-yeon’s semi-autobiographical novel, HARD ROMANTICKER is a spectacularly violent gangster movie that delivers its story with equal amounts of style and carnage. Dripping James Dean-like cool, bleach blond Gu (Shota Matsuda) is a young, cocky Korean-Japanese hoodlum living in Japan. When someone “accidentally” kills the grandmother of a ruthless rival thug, Gu soon finds himself on the receiving end as he becomes the target for bloody, even deadly, revenge. And it doesn’t help that the police are on his tail as well. What’s a snarly, cigarette-puffing thug to do? With tons of ultra-violence, rampaging youths and nihilistic retribution, HARD ROMANTICKER is a sort of a modern-day A Clockwork Orange — yakuza style!
Reviews

“Definitely the best youth violence film from Japan in recent years.” – BeyondHollywood.com

“A cool updating of the gang film genre.” – ScreenDaily.com

“Barely a few minutes seem to go by without someone getting smacked in the gob, raped or beaten.” – Time Out Tokyo

“Endlessly entertaining…a fast paced, visceral gangster film with plenty of hard-knuckle fight scenes that will surely garner cult-status in the near future.” – TwitchFilm.com

“Cockily amoral and unsparingly violent.” – Variety

Screenings
2012 - Fantasia
2012 - Far East Film Festival (Italy)
2012 - New York Asian Film Festival
2011 - Busan International Film Festival
2011 - LA EigaFest
2011 - Tokyo International Film Festival
About the Director

Born in 1961 in Shimonoseki, Japan, Gu is a second generation Korean. He directed his first TV commercial at 26 years old, going on to direct 1000 television ads. In 2001, he made his debut as an author with novel [Hard Romanticker]. That same year, he published his second novel, Guuzen Nimo Saiaku Na Shounen, which he adopted into a movie in 2003, making his feature debut film. His second film, The Yakiniku Movie: Bulgogi, was released in 2007.

Buy DVD
Watch on Demand
Credits
  • Director: Su-yeon Gu
  • Producer: Masahiro Harada, Kimio Kataoka
  • Screenwriters: Su-yeon Gu, Mitsunori Gu
  • Cast: Shôta Matsuda, Kento Nagayama, Atsurô Watabe, Tokio Emoto, Sei Ashina, Shidô Nakamura, Keiko Awaji, Kaname Endô, Yûya Endô, Hakuryu, Yûma Ishigaki, Nobuaki Kaneko, Naoki Kawano, Claude Maki, Yôko Maki, Motoki Ochiai, Gôta Watabe, Dai Watanabe
  • Cinematography: Hideyuki Mushû
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART03
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Country: Japan
  • Language: Japanese with English subtitles
  • Rating: NR
  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 109 minutes
  • Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Color
  • Bonus material: Trailer, 12-page collector’s booklet that includes an essay on Hard Romanticker, a study of Toei Studios’ Yakuza films by Japanese cinema expert Patrick Macias and a gallery of original Toei film posters
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