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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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Kôji Tsuruta ...
Tsukamoto
Bunta Sugawara ...
Kazama
Ryôhei Uchida ...
Tsubaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noboru Andô ...
Ooba
Yoshi Katô
Seizaburô Kawazu ...
Yato
Hideo Murota
Sanae Nakahara ...
Ooba's wife
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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Good all round line up
19 May 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Good film from Fukasaku and you can see the style getting closer and closer to the seminal jingi naki tatakai (Battle without Honour) series. Many of the elements are there such as the documentary type style narration, the newspaper clippings etc. All these elements make it appear 'real' or jitsuryoku. Still have the concept of jingi and the whole ninkyo chivalry thing here though.

Tomisaburo Wakayama does indeed steal the show but he was not Zatoichi. The mistake is easily made as they are brothers. Zatoichi is played buy Shintaro Katsu, he never quite becomes this fat. Tomisaburo is also known for the kozure okami (Lone Wolf) series, which are also a joy to watch.


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