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Gangster VIP (1968)

Burai yori daikanbu (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | May 1968 (USA)
Gangster thriller.

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Chieko Matsubara ...
Mitsuo Hamada ...
Tamio Kawaji ...
Kyôsuke Machida ...
Kayo Matsuo ...
Yasuko Sanjo ...
Saeko Sugiyama
Sanae Kitabayashi ...
Kimiko Sugiyama
Michitarô Mizushima ...
Mizuhara
Hirohisa Toda ...
Matsuda
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Suzumoto
Shôki Fukae ...
Dosuken
Hiroshi ...
Pet
Masahiro Kinoshita ...
Choboichi
Yasuhiro Kameyama ...
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The film stars Tetsuya Watari who plays Goro, a gangster who was sent to prison for three years for stabbing a hitman (Machida Kyosuke) who belonged to the rival gang called the Aokis. On his release from prison, Goro finds out his gang is in decline and learns that the hitman he stabbed is still alive. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated
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BURAI series. #1 of 6 films. See more »

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Followed by Kill! (1969) See more »

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Good, if somewhat clichéd, yakuza flick
21 September 2016 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

A yakuza movie series recently released on video by Arrow (God bless 'em), five movies starring Tokyo Drifter's Tetsuya Watari. Other familiar Nikkatsu faces appear, too, including Watari's love interest from Tokyo Drifter, Chieko Matsubara (she of the perpetually sad face). The story here begins more or less like many other yakuza pictures, with Watari being released from prison. He finds his former gang has languished without him and the rival gang, whom he went to prison fighting, has grown more powerful. Immediately, he gets himself into big trouble when he defends Matsubara, a virginal youth new to Tokyo, from a gaggle of handsy yakuza. As the film moves on, it distinguishes itself with several fantastic set pieces, including some really violent yakuza brawls, and one of the best murder sequences I've ever seen, with one of Watari's best friends being clandestinely dispatched while waiting for the train. The film kind of ends in the middle of the story, but the studio knew it was going to make a series of these films immediately - this was one of five films, and the first of four of them that was released in 1968 alone! Definitely worth checking out.


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