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Proxy War (1973)

Jingi naki tatakai: Dairi sensô (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 25 September 1973 (Japan)
Yakuza boss Shozo Hirono must choose his alliances carefully as the local gangster family affiliations prove themselves to be wildly unstable, causing gang conflicts to slowly escalate.

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Bunta Sugawara ...
Shozo Hirono
Akira Kobayashi ...
Takeda Akira
Tsunehiko Watase ...
Kuramoto Takeshi
Shingo Yamashiro ...
Eda Shoichi
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Tomie
Mitsue Horikoshi ...
Hiromi
Hideko Nakamura ...
Ena
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Yamamori Yoshio
Toshie Kimura ...
Mrs. Yamamori
Mikio Narita ...
Matsunaga Hiroshi
Takeshi Katô ...
Uchimoto Akira
Rin'ichi Yamamoto ...
Teruo Miyaji
Takuzô Kawatani ...
Saijo Katsuji
Eizô Kitamura ...
Hashisume
Akira Shioji ...
Aoki Hikojiro
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Yakuza boss Shozo Hirono must choose his alliances carefully as the local gangster family affiliations prove themselves to be wildly unstable, causing gang conflicts to slowly escalate.

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Continuation of a superior series
30 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The third film in Kinji Fukasaku's unremitting, sprawling, epic yakuza series, made up of five films shot in Japan between 1973 and 1974. The first film, BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY, I thought was pretty good, but a bit confusingly plotted which worked against it. The sequel, Hiroshima Death Match, was excellent in its plotting of Sonny Chiba and his grudge match and a big improvement over the first.

PROXY WAR is a slight step down from Hiroshima Death Match, but only slight. This is an effective tale that draws you deep into the yakuza underworld as it explores rivalry between various factions and the sort of violent, day-to-day incidents that make up gangster warfare. I found that series lead Bunta Sugawara had a much clearer role this time around, and gets to do plenty of quality acting as the conflicted, hard-headed man of violence.

As is the norm with this series, Fukasaku's production values are top notch and the pace is lightning fast. I particularly liked the vignettes of non-stop violence that reveal the brutality of yakuza warfare. The supporting, all-star cast is exemplary and PROXY WAR makes a particular effort with the characterisation this time around so that the heads of the families and the underbosses are no longer just names and faces but living, breathing people. I look forward to the fourth instalment, POLICE TACTICS.


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