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Hiroshima shitô hen (1973)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  28 April 1973 (Japan)
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Repeatedly beat to a pulp by gamblers, cops, and gangsters, lone wolf Shoji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji) finally finds a home as a Muraoka family hit man and falls in love with boss Muraoka's ... See full synopsis »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bunta Sugawara ...
Shozo Hirono
Katsutoshi Otomo (as Sonny Chiba)
Meiko Kaji ...
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


Repeatedly beat to a pulp by gamblers, cops, and gangsters, lone wolf Shoji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji) finally finds a home as a Muraoka family hit man and falls in love with boss Muraoka's niece... See full synopsis »

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28 April 1973 (Japan)  »

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Deadly Fight in Hiroshima  »

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Deliriously anarchic crime drama
11 September 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

The focus of this highly engaging second installment is Kin'ya Kitaoji's "Shoji Yamanaka" character, a brooding, shy, impulsive man who places the highest premium on his love for his boss's niece, a humble, passionate woman who vows to wait for him when he is incarcerated for a series of brutal murders.

The political machinations of the yakuza world provide bloody, non-stop thrills in this deliriously anarchic crime drama that is never less than fascinating for its attention to personal details and vivid pictorial exploration of a criminal, country-wide hornet's nest.

Despite the impressive performance of Sonny Chiba as an ultra-psychotic "torpedo" and the weighty presence of Bunta Sagawara (who takes a back seat in this episode), the film does belong to Fukomoto. His turn as Yamanaka is extraordinary and he makes us empathize with the character. Fukasaku's handling of the romance is deft and touching without ever becoming cloying.

Once again, the action sequences are brutal and unforgiving and the camera-work by Sadaji Yoshida is, at times, mesmerizing. The film's final twenty minutes, where Yamanaka is hunted in the rainy laneways of Hiroshima, are quite beautiful.

A plaudit should also go to composer Toshiaki Tsushima who delivers a driving, organic, highly memorable score.

Another triumph.

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