Agitator (film)

Agitator (荒ぶる魂たち, Araburu tamashii-tachi, also known as The Outlaw Souls) is a 2001 Japanese film directed by Takashi Miike.

PAL DVD cover
Directed byTakashi Miike
Written byShigenori Takechi (screenplay and story)
Music byKōji Endō
CinematographyKiyoshi Itō
Edited byYasushi Shimamura
Release date
Running time
150 minutes (theatrical)
200 minutes (extended release)


Other credits

  • Produced by
    • Yoshihiro Masuda - producer: Daiei
    • Fujio Matsushima - producer
    • Hitoki Ookoshi - assistant producer
    • Tsuneo Seto - associate planner
    • Shigenori Takechi - planner
  • Production Design: Tatsuo Ozeki
  • Sound Department: Yukiya Sato - sound


Reviewer AO of Empire Online gave it 2 out of 5 stars, writing, "Though there are flashes of dark wit, punchy action, some well-judged flourishes and a sense of brooding fatalism, it all amounts to very little given the lack of story focus or sympathetic characters, with the one slightly touching (male) relationship truncated midway."[1]

Reviewer Ross of the website called it "a solid genre piece offering a good deal of cunning manipulation alongside the gangland murders and will please both fans of yakuza pictures and Miike completists."[2]

Rouven Linnarz of Asian Movie Pulse wrote, "While its dimensions, the number of characters and sub-plots, take away some of the tension and drama, you have to respect the vision behind the film, even though it may not be something you have not seen before."[3]


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