Smashing the 0-Line
(Mikko Zero Line, a.k.a. Clandestine Zero Line)
Hiroyuki Nagato, Mayumi Shimizu, Yuji Odaka, Sanae Nakahara,
This crime thriller features one of the most nihilist characters in Suzuki’s early films: Katori, a reporter so ambitiously amoral that he’ll sell out anyone—including his partner and the drug dealer he’s sleeping with—to get a scoop. But what happens when an even more ruthless female gang boss kidnaps his sister? With its jazzy musical score and sordid milieu of drug smuggling and human trafficking, Smashing the 0-Line is one of Suzuki’s darkest urban tales.