A modern thriller in which faith battles reason, Ryder plays a young woman who becomes aware of a conspiracy to enable the Devil to walk the earth in human form. To defeat the prophesy, she must convince a respected New York crime journalist, who is devoid of faith, that he is in fact the target of the conspiracy.
Kei (Michelle Reis) is a hairdresser by trade, but she has been keeping bad company lately. An illegal Chinese immigrant to Japan, Kei has had relationships with a creepily effeminate Chinese gangster, Mr. Ko (Mitsuhiro Oikawa), and more recently with Mario (Teah), a Japanese-Brazilian hoodlum who has come to Tokyo to escape the consequences of a mass killing of his treacherous comrades. Takashi Miike's episodic film follows the efforts of Mario and Kei to obtain safe passage out of Japan, which no longer wants them after Mario hijacked a helicopter and used it to free Kei from a prison transport bus. "The City of Lost Souls" is Tokyo, portrayed as an attractive carnival of neon lights and tiny, beguiling side streets. The lost souls, presumably, are those who are indifferent to the fate of Mr. Miike's Bonnie-and-Clyde couple, who express their romantic nonconformity by killing almost everyone who crosses their path. — Dave Kehr
2002-08-08 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of The City of Lost Souls