Synopsis by Mark Deming
A former cop starts a new business that finds him walking a tightrope between both sides of the law in Torabu Tumata. Nango (Koji Matoba) is a one-time police officer who left the force after getting involved with a gangster's girlfriend; he's now struggling to make a career as a singer. His uncle Shozo (Leo Morimoto), who isn't terribly bright, needs work as badly as Nango does. The pair make the acquaintance of a youthful Yakuza who suggests they start a problem-solving business that would make use of Nango's excellent abilities as a negotiator. While their first assignment doesn't go well (while helping a mother talk to her drug-addicted son, Nango starts to beat him up), the trio keep at it, and are eventually hired by Miyata (Tatsumi Nikamoto), a gangster who wants them to help out a friend of his. Koran (Hiroko Fukada) is a madame, and two of her girls were brutally raped; Nango and his partners do some investigating and find, to their distress, the attacks can be traced back to a bar where Miyata's men hang out. Torabu Tumata was made in 1995, though it didn't receive screenings outside Japan until 1999.
marshal, hired-gun [hit man], summit-meeting, United-Nations, ambassador [political], innocence, conspiracy, investigator