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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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Fukasaku annihilates the gangster genre
17 March 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

The bittersweet irony of Fukasaku was that he was a talented man that only became known to us through his last film. So it's enthralling to discover small gems like this when in the West we were praising Scorsese for his grittiness.

It helps to know a bit about this type, the yakuza film. Fukasaku's The Yakuza Papers series offer all the introduction you're going to need.

If you are acquainted this will come as a pleasant surprise. The plot is nowhere near as convoluted, the barrage of constant name-dropping that made the former occasionally hard to follow is absent. Instead we get the distilled energy, with hand-held cameras peering from the most improbable angles, filming the numerous fights not from a distance but in the middle of the swirl. We get stills, narration, clever use of sepia, fast forwards and so on, years before Tarantino made it cool.

Yet what sets Graveyard of Honour apart from other yakuza movies is the protagonist. He's not the typical rags to riches and back figure seen in gangster movies. He doesn't hit the good time before falling down, he's not Tony Montana. No, it's all down-hill for him; a self-destructive yakuza without a care in the world who brings about his own misery and challenges his bad karma at every corner. His nihilistic stare reminded me of Ryonosuke Tsukue from Sword of Doom.

Strongly recommended for crime drama fans.


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