In a theater near the famous Opéra Garnier, the 4th annual Paris International Fantastic Film Festival opened Tuesday night with a screening of the Japanese yakuza film, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji. Takashi Miike‘s psychedelic cinematic feast announced the many hues of this year’s selection – and in a rather explosive manner.
Miike has turned a classic infiltration plot into a top gear Technicolor action flick that borders on parody. Reiji Kikukawa is basically a failed cop. Maybe because he’s still a virgin. Or simply because he’s not cut out for catching criminals. He’s fired yet undergoes some bizarre tests to become a mole — an undercover agent. After one of these tests where he rides naked on the hood of a car he is dropped off in the most dangerous Japanese yakuza clan, or Mafia. No one in the force believes he’ll make it out alive, yet despite his clumsiness and lack of skills, he finds his niche … or is it luck? And the result is a visual hyperbole. Hit the jump for more.