7.6/10
2,086
15 user 30 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story),
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

3 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Shin'ichi Chiba, Meiko Kaji
Proxy War (1973)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tsunehiko Watase
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

As Japan gears up for the 1964 Olympic games, the cops start to crack down under pressure from the public and the press... See full synopsis »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tatsuo Umemiya
Final Episode (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Hiroko Fuji, Gorô Ibuki, Nobuo Kaneko
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A self-destructive man becomes a powerful member of the Japanese mafia but quickly loses his self control. Based on the true story of Rikio Ishikawa.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Tatsuo Umemiya, Yumi Takigawa
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A yakuza, who has an untamed rage and lack of respect for authority, finds himself leading the remnants of the gang he once belonged to in order to secure an area of their own.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Andô, Mayumi Nagisa
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A yakuza gang gets driven out of Yokohama by a big gang from Tokyo. They relocate to Okinawa to violently start over.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Tsunehiko Watase
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Meiko Kaji, Seizô Fukumoto
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Acting boss Hirotani of the Ohara gang uses his friendship with corrupt cop Kuno to usurp a staged land deal that rival yakuza gang Kawade had arranged through local politicians. Open warfare erupts between the two gangs.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Tatsuo Endô, Seizô Fukumoto
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Nobuo Kaneko
Action | Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Seizô Fukumoto, Yuriko Hishimi, Meiko Kaji
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Isao Bitô, Takeo Chii
Edit

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 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
Edit

Storyline

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 »

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 January 1973 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Battles Without Honor and Humanity  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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

Connections

Featured in Tales of a Bit Player (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great Tale of No Honor Among Thieves
8 August 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story Battles Without Honor is a kick ass trip through the rise of the yakuza in post war Japan. Beginning in 1945 and traveling through the next 12 or so years this is the tale of a group of friends who come together in order to survive the cruelties of post-war, and post-bomb Japan and then spend the next decade killing each other as they change sides in a perpetual gang war.

This film has just about everything. Moments of violence, hysterical comedy (The finger), drama, and there is even hints of romance as a moll tries to hide her beau. Its brutal and nasty and probably very close to reality.

Some reviews paint this as having come in the wake of the Godfather, but while that may have gotten the movie made, the tone is different. There is no honor, there is no loyalty, there is only violence, violence and more violence, usually ex-friend on ex-friend. Despite there being "gangs" its really everyman for himself. American and European films of the same period often painted things as much less cut throat and that there really was familial loyalty, that idea is somewhat alien here as people switched sides if it kept them alive.

This is a near perfect film in many ways. It picks you up from the opening minutes and carries you along to the end. Its wonderfully of a time and place and extremely well acted all around.

There are only two problems which are minor. First, I think the film requires a bit more familiarity with what was going on in Japan post war. While I have had some knowledge of that, I was a tad lost at the start since I wasn't instantly aware of what I was seeing. The second minor flaw is that its jump through time story telling can be a bit disorienting. Its not that the plot threads are lost, its just that it takes a minute to know who the older people are.

Over all a great film.

8 out of 10, although it probably should be 9 out of 10, since I'm just in a down mood.


21 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
New DVD Box Set ZombieTongue
Bunta Sugawara rhombus-1
Other Films ?? alex2010
Now THIS is a movie.. fanatik-1
Biographical? briancj
Sakai's Death ran222

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?