A pretty solid sequel. What it lacks in fun introductions and quirky surprises (most of the unusual traits are taken from the first film), it makes up for with more impressive and explosive action scenes. That, and a magnificent performance by Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, who goes completely ballistic and the film's bad guy.
Sato has promised his boss he wouldn't kill anymore, and he is determined to keep his promise. That's easier said than done when an older target finds his way back into Sato's life. He wants revenge on Sato for the assassinations of his former gang members, but Sato is still a force to be reckoned with.
If you've seen the first film this sequel won't pack many surprises. I was a little disappointed by that, as this was what made the franchise stand out in the first place. But the action scenes here are a real boon and the goofy characters are pretty amusing. Could've been slightly shorter, other than that it was pretty damn entertaining.
Fun and easy to digest. The Fable offers a balanced mix of crime, action and comedy, honoring each genre in equal parts while making sure that entertainment value remains top priority at all times. It's not a future classic of Japanese cinema, but it's a hell of a good time and perfect filler for people craving a light but punchy film.
The Fable is a legendary hitman who is forced to retire for an entire year. His new assignment is to blend in with the rest of the population, not killing a single person. That's easier said than done, as he ends up in the middle of a gang war where he has to protect his new girlfriend.
The action is pretty slick, Okada is perfect in the lead and the comedy is delightfully silly. Mind you, the film can get pretty dark, with quite a few innocent people dying along the way, but that's just part of the fun. The best thing about The Fable though is that there's also a sequel, I'm already looking forward to that one.