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Gamblers in Okinawa (1971)
"Bakuto gaijin butai" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 July 2001 (USA)
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A yakuza gang gets driven out of Yokohama by a big gang from Tokyo. They relocate to Okinawa to violently start over.


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A yakuza gang gets driven out of Yokohama by a big gang from Tokyo. They relocate to Okinawa to violently start over.

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Gambler: Foreign Opposition  »

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Yonabaru - Koza downtown boss: You Daitokai's guard dog? Let me warn you. You better cut the crap and get the fuck back to the mainland. Otherwise, it's gonna start raining blood around here.
Shigeru Kaizu: Wow. You're up to all that?
Yonabaru - Koza downtown boss: You tellin' me I'm not? Try pulling that monkey business parading around town again tomorrow. I swear to God I'll bust it up with a bazooka.
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10 February 2005 | by (berkeley, california) – See all my reviews

This film was sitting among the "New Releases" at the videostore. Got it, watched it, liked it. Also seen enough to suit my taste. Don't need to get into Yakuza (Japanese organized crime) films along with everything else in life. BUT Sympathy for the Underdog is very good movie making and I feel fortunate for having happened on to it.

If Yakuza films are anything like their predecessors, Samurai movies, the genre is huge and varied. In this one from 1971, director Kinji Fukusaki tells the story of a Yakuza boss getting out of jail. All his trappings of power are gone. All he's got are his brains and some very loyal friends.

Among the Extras on the DVD I rented, there are excerpts of an interview with the Director's biographer, a man named Sadao Yamane. It's a very informative interview, where he explains the rise of the organized crime genre. Post World War II Japan began in chaos. Those who could leave the past behind and exploit the present tense could rise to power. The protagonist of Sympathy for the Underdog had been there, done that. Now he has to do it all over again.

While the genre must be very formulaic, there's got to be room for fresh takes. Fukusaku's s style consists of quick takes: the dialogue is curt, information is conveyed in a multimedia of ways; the editing is very tight. And then came a big surprise for me. Towards the end, a moment of genuine tenderness poetically expressed. That's when I heard the quality of writing in this film.

So let's just say Sympathy for the Underdog helped define the art of its type. If you like movies about the world of men, this one's well worth watching.

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