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Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (1998)

Samehada otoko to momojiri onna (original title)
In dreamlike mountain scenery, Toshiko makes a daring escape from her sexually warped Uncle Sonezaki. Fortunately, she met Samehada as she runs for her life, which is also escaping from ... See full summary »


Katsuhito Ishii


Katsuhito Ishii, Minetaro Mochizuki (comics)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadanobu Asano ... Kuroo Samehada
Ittoku Kishibe Ittoku Kishibe ... Tanuki
Sie Kohinata Sie Kohinata ... Toshiko Momojiri
Kimie Shingyôji Kimie Shingyôji ... Mitsuko Fukuda
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Sawada
Shingo Tsurumi ... Mitsuru Fukuda
Daigaku Sekine Daigaku Sekine ... Sakaguchi
Kô Takasugi Kô Takasugi ... Sorimachi
Shingoro Yamada Shingoro Yamada ... Taniguchi
Hitoshi Kiyokawa Hitoshi Kiyokawa ... Maruo
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Asahina (as Boba)
Keisuke Horibe ... Inuzuka
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Hidari
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Fukazume
Yôhachi Shimada Yôhachi Shimada ... Michio Sonezaki


In dreamlike mountain scenery, Toshiko makes a daring escape from her sexually warped Uncle Sonezaki. Fortunately, she met Samehada as she runs for her life, which is also escaping from some slayers. What follows is a wild chase that leads the audience into a comically violent world. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 February 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Clever, funny and well made movie
17 March 2002 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

A man called Samehada ("Shark Skin") steals some money from his Yakuza boss, and goes on the run. He crosses paths with a girl called Momojiri ("Peach Hip", or "Peach Ass" if you prefer) who is fleeing from a hotel manager who doesn't treat her well. They decide to throw their fortunes in together and try to escape the Yakuza and an assassin.

The credit sequence introduces you to the cast of the characters you are about to meet, and it was very worrying... so many characters, I thought "it's going to get real confusing", but this is not the case at all. Even though there are a lot of characters, each one is well developed and unique - no problem following who they are and what their relationships are. It's one hell of a set of characters too... "colourful" hardly seems sufficiently descriptive, but they are all brilliantly conceived and portrayed. The main focus of the movie is the interplay between all these characters, with lots of sharp and witty dialogue throughout, and a generally black humour in the situations they get into and the way they get out of them.

The movie is fast moving... very well paced in fact, and beautifully filmed & edited too. There's a little bit of violence, but nothing that's going the slightest concern to anybody who's seen some Kitano or Miike. Almost wholesome in fact

It's difficult to say what makes the movie so good - it's not really any one thing - it's basically just an all-round clever, funny and exceptionally well made movie. Recommended!

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