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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Sympathy For The Devil, 4 May 2009
Author: valis1949 from United States

Don't be misled. GRAVEYARD OF HONOR is not your typical Japanese Yakuza film. This genre most often depicts a battle between Good and Evil, or at the very least, the awareness of this struggle. Kinji Fukasaku, director of GRAVEYARD OF HONOR, has created a portrait of a character who is not cognizant of a single redeemable quality. Tetsuya Watari plays Rikio Ishikawa who was a real figure within the Japanese underworld in the years immediately following WWII. This man was clearly psychotic and was not to be restrained or regulated either by the police or leaders within his Yakuza brotherhood. Fresh out of jail, and then banished for attacking his own clan leader, he is sent to Osaka where he acquires a heroin habit. And, all along this downward slide, it is nearly impossible to generate any sympathy whatsoever for this reprehensible character. Fukasaku seems to suggest that US occupying forces were in some ways complicit in the corruption of post WWII Japan. As the US attempted to bolster Japanese self rule, it allowed the Yakuza's fortunes to prosper in phony democratic elections. However, in no way does this allow the viewer to empathize with the sadistically violent outbursts of Rikio Ishikawa. Kinji Fukasaku has crafted a film in which we watch as a malevolent anti-hero voraciously embraces the forces of darkness without a backwards glance.

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