The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji

  • 130'
  • Japan
  • 2013
An overcoat decorated with butterflies. False teeth made of diamonds. A leopard print suit combined with a ditto shirt. Miike Takashi is never reluctant to resort to visual hyperbole, but even by his standards, the characters in The Mole Song are very extravagantly dressed. Everything about the film breathes the style and mood of the manga series on which it is based: bright colours, narrative tempo in top gear, shameless overacting and over-the-top plot twists.
Reiji Kikukawa is sacked as a policeman and - after several bizarre tests, including a motorway trip tied naked to the bonnet - he is dropped as an undercover cop in the most dangerous yakuza clan in the country. This veiled suicide mission is accompanied by cartoonesque violence and coarse humour.
The Mole Song is like a shot of pure adrenaline. The film rages on for two hours without a break. The final cliffhanger makes one hope for a sequel. In view of Miike's high production rate, we won’t have to wait long.


Director
Miike Takashi
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
130'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Mogura no uta
Language
Japanese
Producers
Uehara Juichi, Saka Misako, Maeda Shigeji
Production Company
Pony Canyon Inc.
Sales
Pony Canyon Inc.
Screenplay
Kudo Kankuro
Cinematography
Kita Nobuyasu
Editor
Yamashita Kenji
Music
Endo Koji
Cast
Ikuta Toma
Website
http://mogura-movie.com