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Kaiji: Final Game

Opening Date
05 Mar 2020
PG13 Some Disturbing Scenes
128 mins
Japanese with English & Chinese subtitles
Suspense, Thriller
Tôya Satô
Tatsuya Fujiwara, Sota Fukushi, Nagisa Sekimizu, Mackenyu Arata, Kotaro Yoshida
Based on best-selling manga. It's the year 2020, and just as the entire nation of Japan finishes playing host to the Tokyo Olympic games, the economy suddenly spirals downward at breakneck speed. Inflation soars, public safety crumbles, and the federal government finds itself on the verge of insolvency, rapidly transforming the national economy into one big underground labor camp. Kaiji is the epitome of a life turned ring. Treated like dirt, he makes do with a salary handed to him in a thin envelope. Struggling to decide whether he should spend his money on a beer, now rising to 1,000 yen per can, he is gradually filling with rage. Then he discovers that his former underground labor camp boss, Otsuki, who made a name for himself through an illegal gambling ring, has now risen to President of the powerful Teiai conglomerate. Otsuki induces Kaiji to take part in the "Tower of Babel," a game of luck invented as a diversion for cash-flush old tycoons, who give hope to the weak and destitute with a chance to get rich overnight. The wheels of fortune start to turn again for a born gambler like Kaiji. But is the future that awaits him to become a paradise or another form of hell? Tune in to the gambling show of the century as it returns to mesmerize a nation.
By Chen Shun  27 Feb 2020
The final movie of the Kaiji trilogy, this is a perfect portrayal of the rich vs poor, and how corrupted officials bribe their way through. The saying - “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer” is illustrated here.
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As they wrap up of the Kaiji trilogy, the film is commendable. Our eponymous character is still the same reckless, smart yet poor fellow in the series. After two movies, nothing has changed for him. In this film, he needs to gamble and outsmart government officials and that proves to be tough as he is poor with no connections.

While the film is exciting and interesting, what comes through are the film’s social themes - poverty, and political corruption.

Kaiji and the world around him embodies poverty. In that world, money equates to power. The rich can do anything and get away with it scot-free. While the rich could have helped the poor, they kick the poor and make the latter’s life even more miserable.

Political corruption is a major theme in the film, with government officials smiling and pretending to help the society through passing a new bill but in reality, all they want is to help themselves. 

There is however one small issue I have with this film (and Japanese films in general); their acting tends to go overboard. There are some unneeded shouting and overreacting that makes it slightly frustrating as the movie goes on. 

Overall, the movie is still great. And if you have watched the first two instalments of Kaiji, you should definitely finish this trilogy with a bang by watching the final film in the series!
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