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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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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant Cinematic Study of a Violent Maniac, 1 January 2006
Author: Montgomery Sutton from New York

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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