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A very rare Kinji Fukasaku film, that I watched in Japanese language and without subtitles. Nothing at all. I guess I got most of the story, if not everything. I took it because it as starring the late Koji Tsuruta, who was a recurrent actor working with Fukasaku, with the likes of Noburu Andô, Bunta Sugawara, Tetsua Watari...But here I only recognized Tsuruta Koji. Most of yakuza movies look the same. Most of them. An ex con is released from jail and finds his former associates and friends. But not only, also his ex girl friend and enemies. Tsuruta makes no exception here, getting involved with an union racket on the docks...Much brutality here, for this very pessimistic tale, as usual with Japanese features. I won't say I recognized the Fukasaku touch here, I repeat, Japanese directors were all at the same school, especially the movies made from Toei productions.
I am the only one to have commented it. From a DVD from Japan, and not a duplicate or "bootlegged" stuff. Genuine material.
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