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Hiroshima Death Match (1973)

Hiroshima shitô hen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 April 1973 (Japan)
A young criminal joins a yakuza family to kill the gangsters who beat him up, but falls in love with his boss' widow niece, piling up enemies and corpses along his wayward way.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bunta Sugawara ...
Shozo Hirono
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Katsutoshi Otomo (as Sonny Chiba)
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Uehara Yasuko
Shingo Yamashiro ...
Shoichi Eda
Hiroshi Nawa ...
Muraoka Tsuneo
Mikio Narita ...
Matsunaga Hiroshi
Gin Maeda ...
Shimada Koichi
Toshie Kimura ...
Mrs. Yamamori
Junko Matsudaira ...
Bar Hostess
Yoshi Katô ...
Choji Otomo
Eizô Kitamura ...
Ishida Eisuke
Akira Shioji ...
Buddhist Priest
Hideo Murota ...
Keisuke Nakahara
Nobuo Yana ...
Takuya Asano
Hôsei Komatsu
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Storyline

A young criminal joins a yakuza family to kill the gangsters who beat him up, but falls in love with his boss' widow niece, piling up enemies and corpses along his wayward way.

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Action | Crime | Drama | History

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28 April 1973 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Fight in Hiroshima  »

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Katsutoshi Otomo: We live to eat nice foods and sleep with girls. What's wrong about earning some money too?
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Epic Japanese yakuza madness from Toei
6 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Famed Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku made a popular series of epic gangster films in Japan in the 1970s, starting with BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY. Hiroshima DEATH MATCH is the second of this five-part series and even better than the first; the first film is good but a little too sprawling and unfocused. It feels like everybody cut their teeth on that one, and went on to even better things with this.

The tale is a familiar one for anybody versed with the works of Beat Takeshi and the like: two rival crime families vie for control of post-war Hiroshima during the 1950s, and petty rivalries soon spiral out of control leading to full-blooded murder. A relatively short running time means that there's a heck of a lot of incident packed in here, ranging from love affairs to prison stays, assassination attempts, gang fights, and shoot-outs.

The production values of Hiroshima DEATH MATCH are very good indeed and there's a decidedly adult edge to the proceedings, with plenty of violence and blood thrown into the mix. The star players are all very strong too, from the mild mannered Yakuza bosses to the likes of Sonny Chiba as a spaced-out thug with violent passions. PROXY WAR followed next.


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