I recently wrote an essay comparing and contrasting Shinji Aoyama's film An Obsession with the film that inspired it, Akira Kurosawa's Stray Dog. So while researching that film, specifically listening to Jasper Sharp's commentary about Aoyama and the 90s Japanese film scene, I was inspired to search out Wild Life (1997). The irony of the title is that the protagonist, Iijima (Jun Kunimura) an ex-boxer working for a pachinko palor owner who lives a strictly regimented life, gets caught up with the yakuza when his boss is kidnapped. It is something of a parody of the genre in Aoyama's approach. He uses a complex flashback structure to tell the story. Aoyama also employs some intersting camera work such as when the camera a couple of times circles his principals in a way suggesting those shifting elements laying at the centre of his story. While elsewhere the director also blocks character entries and exits through camera movement, which essentially puts the viewer slightly on edge wondering what will happen in the next frame. The DVD also has an interview with the director and another comentary by Jasper Sharp.