The Mole Song: Final

  • 129'
  • Japan
  • 2021

Nipple-targeting seagulls. Old men rapping in a bathhouse. Drugs smuggled as Italian pasta. Welcome back to The Mole Song’s world. The third and final part of this series of manga adaptations, by IFFR regular Miike Takashi, is once again loaded with delicious madness.

Following Undercover Agent Reiji (IFFR 2014) and Hong Kong Capriccio (IFFR 2017), this time the enemy are Italian mafia smuggling their ‘speed-a-roni’ into Yokohama’s port. Yakuza boss Papilon, fearing for his business, wants to stop them from entering, and so do the Japanese cops: Reiji works for both as an undercover agent. All these complications this give cult director Miike a playground for crazed subplots.

At times fooling us into thinking it’s an ordinary action thriller, The Mole Song: Final is a cocktail that smashes together slapstick comedy, farcical fantasy and puppet animation, with Reiji – played again by the energetic and engaging Ikuta Toma - always at the centre of the tornado that just keeps on spinning.

Director
Miike Takashi
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
129'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Mogura no Uta Final
Language
Japanese
Producer
Kei Kajimoto
Production Company
Fuji Television Network Inc.
Sales
Sakoda
Screenplay
Kudō Kankurō
Cinematography
Kita Nobuyasu
Editor
Sagara Naoichiro
Production Design
Hayashida Yûji
Sound Design
Nakamura Jun
Music
Endô Kôji
Cast
Ikuta Tōma, Naka Riisa, Suzuki Ryôhei, Tsutsumi Shin'ichi, Nanao Arai, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Endō Ken'ichi