By Katsuhito ISHII


Action/Adventure - Completed 2011

Jam packed with colorful charactors and stylish action scenes, SMUGGLER is the story of a lost soul and how he ultimately discovers his true strength in the unlikeliest of places – in the dark underbelly of society where evil and Smugglers lurk.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2011
Midnight Madness
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure, Black comedy, Crime
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 115 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Katsuhito ISHII
    • Writer(s)
    • Katsuhito ISHII
    • Synopsis
    • After seeing his dreams of becoming an actor go nowhere, 25-year-old Kinuta does nothing but spend his time gambling every day. Broke, framed and now neck-deep in debt, he is recruited as a Smuggler – underground movers of everything from dead bodies to illegal goods. Apprenticing under Smuggler veteran Joe, Kinuta’s first cargo consists of the slaughtered bodies of yakuzas – including the headless corpse of Boss Tanuma. The killers, Vertebrae and Viscera, a pair of assassins working for the Chinese mafia, are now wanted by the Tanuma clan who are out for their blood. When the assassins are tracked down, Joe’s crew are assigned to deliver them – one dead, one alive - to the Tanuma family. But when Kinuta’s kindness leads to Vertebrae’s escape, putting their lives in jeopardy, he has no choice but to ‘play’ Vertebrae in an attempt to deceive the yakuzas…