Family (2001)

Director
Takashi Miike

Main cast
Ken'ichi Endô; Taisihû Kase; Kazuya Kimura; Kôichi Iwaki; Kôjirô Hongô

Genres
Action, Crime, Drama, Foreign, Thriller

Description
When the mobster Iwaida Nishikawi is executed by the hit man Takeshi, his family chases the killer. Takeshi's brothers Takashi and Hideshi Miwa try to find Takeshi, who is hidden with the nurse Rie Ishibashi, to protect him and Hideshi discovers that Takeshi was secretly sent by their Yakuza boss to eliminate Iwaida. Meanwhile, the mobster Kenmoshi abducts Takashi's wife Mariko and rapes her, trying to force Takashi to deliver his brother to him.


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