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Synopsis: Based on director Gu Su-yeon’s semi-autobiographical novel, HARD ROMANTICKER is a spectacularly violent gangster movie that delivers its story with equal amounts of style and carnage. Dripping James Dean-like cool, bleach blond Gu (Shota Matsuda) is a young, cocky Korean-Japanese hoodlum living in Japan. When someone “accidentally” kills the grandmother of a ruthless rival thug, Gu soon finds himself on the receiving end as he becomes the target for bloody, even deadly, revenge. And it doesn’t help that the police are on his tail as well. What’s a snarly, cigarette-puffing thug to do? With tons of ultra-violence, rampaging youths and nihilistic retribution, HARD ROMANTICKER is a sort of a modern-day A Clockwork Orange — yakuza style!







Run Time

109 minutes




Shôta Matsuda (Goo)
Kento Nagayama (Tatsu)
Atsurô Watabe
Tokio Emoto (Masaru)
Sei Ashina (Natsuko)
Shidô Nakamura (Takagi)
Keiko Awaji

Directed by

Su-yeon Gu

Produced by

Masahiro Harada
Kimio Kataoka

Official selection

Fantasia - Montreal - 2012

Far East Film Festival - Italy - 2012

New York Asian Film Festival - USA - 2012

Busan International Film Festival - South Korea - 2011

LA EigaFest - USA - 2011

Tokyo International Film Festival - Japan - 2011


“Definitely the best youth violence film from Japan in recent years.”
- BeyondHollywood.com

“A cool updating of the gang film genre.” - ScreenDaily.com

“Barely a few minutes seem to go by without someone getting smacked in the gob, raped or beaten.” - Time Out Tokyo

“Endlessly entertaining…a fast paced, visceral gangster film with plenty of hard-knuckle fight scenes that will surely garner cult-status in the near future.” - TwitchFilm.com

“Cockily amoral and unsparingly violent.” - Variety

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5.1 Dolby Digital

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