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Graveyard of Honor (1975)
"Jingi no hakaba" (original title)

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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.

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Complete credited cast:
Tetsuya Watari ...
Rikio Ishikawa
Tatsuo Umemiya ...
Kozaburo Imai
Yumi Takigawa ...
Chieko Ishikawa
Eiji Gô ...
Makoto Sugiura
Noboru Andô ...
Ryunosuke Nozu
Hajime Hana ...
Shuzo Kawada
Mikio Narita ...
Noboru Kajiki
Kunie Tanaka ...
Katsuji Ozaki
Shingo Yamashiro ...
Hiroshi Tamura
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Teruko Imai
Hideo Murota ...
Yasuo Matsuoka
Meika Seri ...
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Takuji Aoki
Kenjirô Asano
Hidehiro Aya
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A look at the life of renegade yakuza, Rikio Ishikawa, particularly the years from 1946 to 1950 when his violent antics get him in trouble with his own clan, Kawada, and then with the clan of his protector, Kozaburo Imai. In these years, he can rely on Chieko, a young Tokyo courtesan who gives him shelter. He's banished to Osaka, where he picks up a drug habit. Through it all, he keeps his friends and enemies off balance with unpredictable behavior - and he seems indestructible. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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30 Years of Madness
24 April 2007 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

Kinji Fukasaku's mid-70s faux-biopic of a sociopath Yakuza gangster in late-40s Japan is certainly an absorbing experience, even if it never quite manages to immerse the viewer entirely in the nihilism of the world in which Tetsuya Watari's Rikio Ishikawa exists. It's difficult really to determine whether Fukasaku is trying to attract or repulse us here and, for me, this is the film's main weakness. Ishikawa has no redeeming features: he's simply a crude, boorish rapist and murderer who invokes unexplainable loyalty in those around him. There is some amusement to be found in the bewilderment of Ishikawa's Yakuza superiors, who don't seem to know quite what to do with the loose cannon in their midst (presumably something in the Yakuza code prevents them from simply taking him into a back alley and shooting him like a dog) but, for all its kinetic energy and undeniable style Graveyard of Honour mostly fails to fascinate, and fascinate it must – the way a caterpillar squirming on the end of a pin fascinates – if it is to hold an audience who can feel little or no connection with its main character.

Despite these criticisms, the film is never dull. Fukasaku is an unsurpassable director, completely confident of his skills, totally focused, and unafraid to adopt subjects and styles that must have seemed out of the ordinary at the time. It's to his credit that most of the techniques he uses in this film are still widely used today – especially by US gangster flicks. Fukasaku fills the screen with people in this one, countless people, hundreds of them, conveying the raucous and claustrophobic overcrowding of a country recovering from a bruising war. And while attention to period detail is perhaps not this film's strong point, this shortcoming is overcome by good use of sepia tones to reinforce the sense of history.


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