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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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Solid stuff, great Wakayama
1 May 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Solidly entertaining and gritty Yakuza fare from the master, Fukasaku. Tsuruta is good as the man of honor who can't seem to leave the life behind. Don't watch this one for Bunta Sugawara and Noboru Andoh, their roles are very much supporting and don't amount to much more than extended cameos, albeit in Andoh's case, a great one. The man to watch here is Tomisaburo Wakayama, better known as Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman. Here he's out of control as the heroin shooting violent leader of an anarchistic Hawaiian-shirt wearing gang. His character here really steals the show, and it's a lot of fun to see him in a role so different from what I'm accustomed to.


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