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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
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Yato
Hideo Murota
Sanae Nakahara ...
Ooba's wife
Harumi Sone
Asao Uchida
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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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Brilliant, brilliant Japanese crime film
17 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a fairly early work by Kinji Fukasaku, now known mostly for Battle Royale, and to a lesser extent for films like The Yakuza Papers and Yakuza Graveyard. This may not be as famous but it is still mind bogglingly great. The story is expertly spun, with cool documentary style directing tricks keeping things moving quickly. The film has the feeling at times of a piece of classical, tragic theatre, with just as much emotional impact and meaning as there is violence. Speaking of violence, its impressive for a film from 1969, filmed in a gritty yet stylish fashion and certainly living up to Fukasaku's hard hitting reputation. I don't speak Japanese but the performances seem pretty ace all round, particularly Tomisaburo Wakayama on wild scene stealing form. I really can't think of anything I didn't like about this film, it got me into Fukasaku's earlier output and I like all the rest of that too. I can't believe this film only has a couple of IMDb reviews, its a travesty that it isn't well known. I'd recommend this to anyone who appreciates good crime films that aren't overlong Mafia soap operas, or Japanese films, or straight up quality cinema that doesn't come from the homogenised Hollywood production line. So if you're reading this, seek out this film. You won't regret it.


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