Even failures have their uses.
Miike Takashi, one of the biggest names in Japanese cinema, is back with yet another yakuza-centric film, but as you can see from the movie poster Miike has decided to take a break from ‘serious’ films to bring us the wacky and, at times, down-right bizarre comedy, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji [Mogura no Uta: Sennyu Sosakan Reiji] (2014).
Packed with outrageous characters (including a mobster obsessed with butterflies, and a leopard hit-man), slap stick and macabre humour, as well as a musical number from which the movie gets its name, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji might not be what you would expect from a Miike film. Yet its penchant for gore (though nowhere near Ichi the Killer levels) and its quirky, almost disturbing at times humour has Miike written all over it, making it quite possibly the most ridiculous film of the year.
Police constable Reiji Kikukawa (Toma Ikuta) isn’t an over achiever, hell he isn’t even an achiever. Having graduated from the police academy with the lowest scores anyone has ever seen, Reiji is nothing short of a failure; at work (constantly reprimanded for his lack of discipline and a string of just plain ridiculous screw ups) and at life. So it’s no surprise that he finds himself getting fired after pulling his weapon on a city official: what is surprising is that he hadn’t been fired sooner.
For Reiji, a man with the ridiculously strong sense of justice, the prospect of not being able to fight bad guys is unthinkable, luckily before he has to really even think about it he is being recruited as an undercover agent for the police and the DEA. His mission: infiltrate the Sukiya-kai, the most powerful crime syndicate in Japan, expose their involvement in the drug trade and gather evidence to help in the take down of the gang’s leader. Easy right? What could go wrong with a man like Reiji at the center of it all?
WATCH The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji HERE.
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About the Author: Reiyezerwyre is full time language teacher, and part-time otaku based in Japan, who loves to write about their love of film, music, language and fandom in their spare time.