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15 February 1975 (Japan) See more »
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
Crew believed to be complete

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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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fukasaku annihilates the gangster genre, 17 March 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

It is such the bittersweet taste and nature of irony, that one of the greatest directors in the history of humankind, sensei Kinji Fukasaku, finally broke through in the west with his last film, the fantastically nihilistic Battle Royale. Yet it is also so enthralling to discover yet another gem in the back catalogue of this man. Graveyard of Honour (1975) wasn't remade by a modern whirlwind of inspiration like Takashi Miike for no reason.

To put things in perspective, I urge you to become affiliated with the mechanisms of the yakuza before venturing in Graveyard of Honour. It's not necessary, but it will greatly help appreciate Ishikawa's story. Reading up on wikipedia bores you to tears? Good, me too. Instead, grab, steal or netflix asap Fukasaku's The Yakuza Papers series, also known as Battles Without Honour and Humanity. Five movies that will introduce you to the brilliant yakuza world of Fukasaku, and in the same time give you the lowdown of the intricate yakuza spiderweb of post-war Japan, full of gang wars, drug deals, prostitution rings, betrayals and allegiances swifting constantly.

If you're already acquainted with The Yakuza Papers, Graveyard of Honour will pleasantly surprise you. 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 Fukasaku style, highly energetic, with hand-held cameras peering from the most improbable angles, filming the numerous fights not from a distance, but right in the middle of the action.

So far so good. Graveyard is filmed like a documentary/biopic on the life of Ishikawa. Which means stills, narration, clever use of sepia, fast forwards in the future and so on. Yet what sets Graveyard of Honour apart from other yakuza movies is Ishikawa's figure. He's not the typical Icarus figure often seen in gangster movies. He doesn't hit the good time before falling down. He's not Tony Montana in that aspect. 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 frighteningly nihilistic stare reminded me of Ryonosuke Tsukue from Sword of Doom, if that means anything.

A biopic, a gritty crime film, a drama about a man without future, everything packed in 98 minutes. Strongly recommended for crime drama fans.

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