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Family: Part Two 
Written by: on March 18th, 2007

Theatrical Release Dates: Japan, 2001
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Kenichi Endo, Kojiro Hongo, Kouichi Iwaki, Taishu Kase, Ryuji Katagiri, Kazuya Kimura

DVD released: March 13th, 2007
Approximate running time: 82 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital stereo
DVD Release: Tokyo Shock/Media Blasters
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95

Tensions start to rise which unchecked can lead to an all out war between two rival Yakuza clans. To prevent this war a Yakuza boss named Nishiwaki sends out his men in full force to eliminate the girl that Lighting Takashi is now protecting. Eliminate the girl once and for all which will keep his secret safe and stop an all out war from happening.

Family Part two literally picks up where Part one left off in fact the opening moments of Part two are the final moments of Part one. This time around new characters are introduced and the main characters are more fleshed out as we get to see more about their past. Part two is not as violent as part one as most of the time is spent watching yakuza trying catch lightning Takashi or flashbacks to the past. The pacing for Part two is not as tight or brisk as it was with Part one. The films score is off the hook one can not help falling in love with Miike’s use of heavy metal music.

Not many scenes that standout in Part two. The best moment in Part two is without a doubt the moment when Lighting Takashi and his friend nonchalantly walk up to a group of Yakuza who have taken the girl there are protecting hostage. What happens next is a flurry of gunfire that ends just as quickly as it started. This moment is very John Woo like in how it evolves and is executed. The ending is a bit of a letdown because of the way everything just ambiguously ends without any real resolution. Overall if you enjoy Yakuza films or Family Part one then you will thoroughly enjoy Family Part two.

The DVD:

Tokyo Shock presents Family Part two in a letterboxed widescreen which looks like the films proper aspect ratio. This non anamorphic transfer has been flagged for progressive scan. Colors look nicely saturated and details look crisp though out. There are no problems with artifacts or compression and edge enhancement is mild. Overall this transfer is on par with their transfer for Family Part one.

This release comes with one audio option the films original Japanese language track which is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. Dialog is clear and there are no problems with hiss, distortion or any audio defects. Music and effects sound full and evenly balanced. Removable English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.

Extras for this release consist of a Takashi Miike trailers collection which includes the following trailers Fudoh the Next Generation, Visitor Q, Ichi the Killer, Deadly Outlaw Rekka, One Missed Call, Negotiator, Izo, The Way to Fight and The Great Yokai War. Zebraman, Family, Silver and Bodyguard Kiba. All these titles are currently available or soon to be released by Tokyo Shock on DVD.

The extras for this release are almost exactly the same ones included for Tokyo Shock’s Family part one which like Family part two is part of The Maki collection. Once again another good release of a Takashi Miike film from Tokyo Shock that looks and sounds pretty good despite its lack of anamorphic enhancement.

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