Mr. Long

Japan | 2017 | 129 minutes | Sabu

Yojimbo meets Tampopo in maverick director Sabu’s surprisingly tender modern fable about a taciturn sword-wielding hitman who hides out in a Japanese village, makes friends, and cooks surprisingly tasty noodles, until his past comes back to haunt him.

"A unique blend of ruthless gang wars and the soft boil of noodle cooking"Diana Cheng, Asian American Press

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Maverick Japanese director Sabu is a SIFF mainstay, having brought us such visually lush, darkly comic films as Kanikosen (SIFF, 2010) and the horror satire Miss Zombie (SIFF, 2014). This year, he has cooked up a surprisingly tender modern fable, one that packs a hefty emotional wallop while still delivering on the boldness we've come to expect. Mr. Long (Chang Chen, The Assassin) is a taciturn, knife-wielding hitman out of Taiwan. On his latest mission in Japan, the assignment goes terribly wrong, and the injured assassin is forced to hide out in a nearby village; this town has seen better days, many of its buildings abandoned or filled with heroin-addicted junkies. Still, despite not knowing a word of Japanese, Mr. Long is taken in by the townsfolk, people whose kindness overwhelms the dilapidation around them. With many days left before he can catch the next boat back to his homeland, the culinarily adept Long is convinced by his new neighbors to start up a Taiwanese noodle stand. As his cooking skills give him a new life and identity, his violent past eats away at him, threatening to rear its ugly head at any moment. Mr. Long can best be described as Yojimbo meets Tampopo, a seemingly effortless mix of genres that portrays humanity at its best and its worst.

Director Biography

Born in the Japanese prefecture of Wakayama in 1964, he started out as an actor before turning to writing and directing. In 1996, he made his directing debut with D.A.N.G.A.N. Runner. Until now, he has directed 15 feature films which include Postman Blues (1997), Monday (1999), Miss Zombie (2013) and Chasuke's Journey (2015).

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  • Director: Sabu
  • Principal Cast: Chang Chen, Shô Aoyagi, Yiti Yao, Runyin Bai
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Japan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Germany
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 129 minutes
  • Producer: Shozo Ichiyama, Koki Kageyama, Yoichi Shimizu, Jacky Pang, Stephan Holl
  • Screenplay: Sabu
  • Cinematographers: Koichi Furuya
  • Editors: Georg Petzold
  • Music: Junichi Matsumoto
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Happiness (2016); Chasuke’s Journey (2015); Miss Zombie (2013); Bunny Drop (2011); Dead Run (2005); Hold Up Down (2005); Blessing Bell (2002); Unlucky Monkey (1998)
  • Language: Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Jet Tone Films
  • International Sales: Jet Tone Films