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Gangster Exchange (2010)

Karate meets Kalashnikovs as the uncontrollable force and the immovable object are thrown together in this bloody hilarious action comedy! Hiro's a Tokyo cyber-punk Yakuza with a simple ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Christopher Russell ... Marco
Nobuya Shimamoto ... Hiro
Aaron Poole ... Big Dave
Sarain Boylan ... Kendra
Jasmin Geljo ... Gogo Wolf
Zeljko Kecojevic Zeljko Kecojevic ... Dragan Wolf
Walter Alza ... Sasha
Steven P. Park Steven P. Park ... Ozaki
Denis Akiyama ... Takayama
David Krae ... Snowy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Barnett Hugh Barnett ... Jimmy
James Binkley James Binkley ... Bouncer No. 4
Gioia Blu ... Party Girl (as Angelica Montesano)
Kresimir Bosiljevac Kresimir Bosiljevac ... Thug No. 1
Goûchy Boy ... Head Bouncer (as Gouchy Boy)
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Karate meets Kalashnikovs as the uncontrollable force and the immovable object are thrown together in this bloody hilarious action comedy! Hiro's a Tokyo cyber-punk Yakuza with a simple mission: smuggle a toilet made of pure heroin to New York City. If he fails his boss will stick his sword where the rising sun don't shine. Marco's a muscle mountain enforcer working for a family of ex-commandos from the Bosnian war. He's an entry-level thug with dreams of rising up the ranks. But in the Bosnian mob, promotion is spelled AK-47. When a bloody New York mob war erupts and Hiro and Marco snatch the toilet. It's worth millions - if they can find somebody who can decipher the Japanese chemistry formula. Wounded, hunted and dragging a 50-pound toilet made of heroin; they race around New York. Through sleazy alleyways, bouncer brawls, sniper shoot-outs and a biker war they're on a quest to find a Japanese chemist. Problem is Marco has a nasty habit of getting shot and Hiro is just looking for ... Written by Dean Bajramovic

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Guns, Thugs, and Toilets Made of Drugs.

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Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, drug and sexual content, and pervasive language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangster Kartell See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Absolutely terrible movie that everyone sholuld see.
8 July 2012 | by OMGmyFACESee all my reviews

I expected to see many more negative reviews about this movie since the average cinephile is dead serious and can't enjoy things for what they are - in this case, stupid fun. So I was pretty relieved to see that other people agreed with me: this movie is not good at all and it's great. Thanks to everyone over the age of 9 having access to non-linear editing software, anyone can make a zero budget action film. Gone are the no-budget indies that were all slice of life and dramedy, enter the "fog machine and CGI helicopter" era of indie filmmaking. For the most part, the vast majority of these movies are garbage. Not "so bad it's good" bad, just bad. But every once in a while we strike bad movie comedy gold like Gangster Exchange. A movie that is bad with the extra-added perk of being funny as hell.

Battleship Potemkin, this movie is not. The pace of this movie is sure to turn a lot of people off. It never gets chaotic, it doesn't slow down for the dramatic bits. It just feels like "here's a scene. Here's another scene. This is also a scene." It's quite unimpressive. But it's also the perfect flow for a movie you're not planning on taking seriously from the getgo. It almost pleads with you to drink along with the characters. See, if it were all comedy, the movie would feel dreadful. And if it were all airsoft props and CG muzzle flash, the movie would feel dreadful. However, due to the irregular editing style, it's impossible to expect what kind of scene you're going into next, which I found refreshing. Couple that kind of amateurism with a set of ancillary characters whose only purpose are to liven the picture up and you can't help but laugh.

The story is out of a can, the antagonists can't act their way out of a high school rendition of Grease, there's bad techno playing throughout the entire film and the hero is carrying a toilet around for an hour of screen time. The ending is predictable and satisfying, the obligatory party scene is loud and stupid, and the lead is attractive and likable. That's really it. So why'd I give it an 8? Because I can. Sorry, snobs.


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