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 »
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.
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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