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Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)

Jingi naki tatakai (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 13 January 1973 (Japan)
In the teeming black markets of postwar Japan, Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) and his buddies find themselves in a new war between factious and ambitious yakuza... See full synopsis »

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Bunta Sugawara ...
Shozo Hirono
Hiroki Matsukata ...
Tetsuya Sakai
Kunie Tanaka ...
Makihara Masakichi
Eiko Nakamura ...
Suzue Kunihiro
Tsunehiko Watase ...
Toshio Arita
Gorô Ibuki ...
Ueda
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Yamamori
Toshie Kimura ...
Mrs. Yamamori
Tamio Kawachi ...
Kanbara Seiichi
Mayumi Nagisa ...
Akiko Shinjo
Asao Uchida ...
Okubo Kenichi
Shin'ichirô Mikami ...
Shinkai Uichi
Hiroshi Nawa ...
Doi
Shinji Takano ...
Kaneko Shoichi
Keiji Takamiya ...
Yamakata Shinichi
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In the teeming black markets of postwar Japan, Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) and his buddies find themselves in a new war between factious and ambitious yakuza... See full synopsis »

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In the first film, US military police show up on the scene in a jeep with "MILITALY POLICE" painted under the windshield. See more »

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Followed by Hiroshima Death Match (1973) See more »

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Although it has certain stylistic similarities with other movies (the extreme violence of the LONE WOLF & CUB films and the gangster shenanigans of THE GODFATHER and its ilk), BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY is very much a unique and almost surreal slice of Japanese yakuza madness.

The story is told in a choppy style and takes place over a number of years. It sees various criminal gangs emerging in post-war Japan, engaging in various rivalries with one another as various gangster bosses strive to outdo their rivals. Into this messy mix are thrown various larger-than-life characters, foremost of whom is Hirono Shozo, played with emotional relish by Bunta Sugawara.

The first half of the film is largely confusing with a large cast of similar characters all battling one another and indeed I wondered what I was watching at some points. However, it all distills down and becomes much more focused in the second half, which follows the members of a single crime family in their bid for leadership. There's little action here, but Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLE ROYALE) directs with stylish aplomb, making this a more than memorable gangster epic.


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