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15 February 1975 (Japan) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Kinji Fukasaku 
 
Writing credits
Tatsuhiko Kamoi  and
Hirô Matsuda  and
Fumio Kônami 

Goro Fujita (novel "Kanto yakuza mono" and "Jingi no hakaba")

Produced by
Kazumori Higashi .... development producer
Tatsuo Yoshida .... producer
 
Original Music by
Toshiaki Tsushima 
 
Cinematography by
Hanjirô Nakazawa 
 
Film Editing by
Osamu Tanaka 
 
Art Direction by
Tadayuki Kuwana 
 
Set Decoration by
Kazuhiro Yonezawa 
 
Costume Design by
Minoru Nagatani 
 
Makeup Department
Shôji Irie .... makeup artist
Yasue Ishikawa .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hiroshi Kodaira .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tadayuki Komatsu .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitsuo Katô .... still photographer
Tadasaburo Ono .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Michio Ishikawa .... stage manager
Ichi Kobayakawa .... equipment
Yasuyo Yamauchi .... archivist
 
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Also Known As:
"Jingi no hakaba" - Japan (original title)
"Psycho Junkie" - USA (bootleg title)
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Japan:94 min
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
30 Years of Madness, 24 April 2007
Author: JoeytheBrit from www.moviemoviesite.com

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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