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Battles Without Honour and Humanity (1973)
"Jingi naki tatakai" (original title)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Kawaji ...
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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13 January 1973 (Japan)  »

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The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity  »

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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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Oh, Yeah! (all 6 films)
25 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Oh, yeah, this is one brilliant, edgy, dark piece of film-making! It moves at the speed of light starting with the American Occupation of the devastated city of Hiroshima after WWII up to the early 1970's.

It has great actors playing complex characters, and cinematography and editing way ahead of its time.

Turn off your phone and don't look away for even a second, or you'll miss something critical. There are many characters and lots of information to absorb.

I've read that the script was based on the life of a real Yakuza, but whether it's fact or fiction, it's a hell of a ride.

And though it's a serious film, sometimes it's also hilarious-- intentionally so.

Warning--not for the squeamish. Unlike the Tarentino films this has been compared to, the violence here is NOT cartoonish or funny. It's brutal, bloody, and serious. (as it should be, in my opinion)


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