After several years spent working almost exclusively in Japans’s “V-cinema” direct-to-video world, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of crazy, thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one's place in the world. His first works made specifically for theatrical release, the “Black Society Trilogy” (SHINJUKU TRIAD SOCIETY, RAINY DOG and LEY LINES) was the beginning of Miike's career of international renown.
“Not only the definitive bad-parenting movie, but also very likely the coolest rain-soaked lonely hitman movie ever made. Miike's crush on Taiwan runs wild in this location-shot thriller about a hitman working for a triad gang boss in Taipei. Yuji is in his bare apartment being cool and moody when an ex-girlfriend barges in to dump a boy she says is his son; the kid is left to fend for himself in the alley outside, and discovers what daddy does only when he tags along and sees Yuji shoot someone. The minimal plot is fleshed out by everyone's favorite Taiwanese character actors, and it never stops raining.” (Time Out)