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Japan Organized Crime Boss (1969)
"Nihon boryoku-dan: Kumicho" (original title)

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Coming out of jail and hoping for a quiet life, Yokohama yakuza has to take the lead of his gang after the death of his boss. His small group is is taken in a crossfire between a big yakuza... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kôji Tsuruta
Bunta Sugawara
Ryôhei Uchida
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noboru Andô
Yoshi Katô
Seizaburô Kawazu
Hideo Murota
Harumi Sone
Asao Uchida
Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Miyahara
Rin'ichi Yamamoto
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Coming out of jail and hoping for a quiet life, Yokohama yakuza has to take the lead of his gang after the death of his boss. His small group is is taken in a crossfire between a big yakuza group from Osaka at war with the Tokyo alliance for the control of the city. He tries to keep to the old yakuza code but he is no match for the new thugs who live and fight without honor. Written by J.L. Riviere <jeanluc_rv@hotmail.com>

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Followed by Nihon boryoku-dan: kumicho kuzure (1970) See more »

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Compact account of yakuza evolution and battles
16 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Japan Organized Crime Boss" is a well-above average picture because of its extremely well-thought out, compact and economical script, brought to life with moving direction and fine acting.

Scripts that combine a minimum of verbiage while telling the story by events and action are more cinematic and allow the director and actors more scope to portray what's going on. That's the case here.

With strategic narration to make clear the yakuza clan relations and what they are after, the complex story becomes quite clear. The Danno clan is the biggie and the Tokyo alliance is its lesser rival. Danno is trying to expand into Yokohama by using smaller clans as proxies to fight its battles and weaken the clan that controls the Yokohama docks and port traffic. The story focuses on two of the smaller Yokohama clans caught in between. One is an older one following ideas of honor, and the other is a far more wild bunch.

This hardly gives an idea of the very human sides to these conflicts and what the main characters go through to be yakuza. It doesn't do justice to the strategies depicted and the human tolls exacted. The movie is actually quite moving and doesn't focus on mayhem and group battles, although they play a part and get some screen time.

This too is what makes this movie so good. It manages to combine the historical with the personal, and to bring to life quite a few different players by nicely-wrought vignettes that are well-connected to an overall story. The script is a dandy.


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