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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 ...
Woman in the slums
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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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yakuza | prison | based on novel

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15 February 1975 (Japan)  »

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Brilliant Cinematic Study of a Violent Maniac
1 January 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Graveyard of Honor is a fantastic entry into the yakuza genre or, for that matter, the gangster genre in general. However, more so than many of its counterparts, it is an excellent Brechtian character study. Filmed in a "mockumentary" style, Graveyard of Honor breaks up its action and storytelling relatively often with bits of narration, setting the events of the film in their period context and transitioning over long gaps in time.

A reviewer once equated this film to the "blacksploitation" films of the same period: this betrayed the reviewer's ignorance to the genre. The Japanese gangster film is far more presentational than its western counterparts. From the bright, red, paint-like blood to the strict characterizations and operatic emotions, Graveyard of Honor and other films like it are a sort of midway point between Kabuki theater and French nihilism. It is an intriguing genre, and one that internationally acclaimed director Kinji Fukasaku uses brilliantly to pose intriguing questions and point out crucial problems in the Japanese mindset of the time.

To truly appreciate his 1970s yakuza films, it helps to have knowledge of the history leading up o that time from the end of World War II. Watching Graveyard of Honor on its own will certainly be an entertaining experience, but anyone perplexed or intrigued by the film should do research on other films of the period, their cultural context, and their societal implications. Fukasaku was a groundbreaking director, and it's a shame that his brilliance could be lost in the cultural gap.


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