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Tattooed Pan and Scan Man

Author: John Seal from Oakland CA
25 February 2017

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This obscure yakuza flick was released on VHS in 1987 by an outfit called 'Fox Hills Video'. I suppose we should be grateful, because otherwise English speakers would have no way of appreciating Tattooed Hit Man, but it must be said that the folks at Fox Hills did a particularly crummy job. In addition to being horribly pan-and-scanned, the print is compressed in order to squeeze more image into the 1.33:1 box, and the result is ugly to say the least. It's a shame, because Yamaguchi-gumi gaiden: Kyushu shinko-sakusen seems to be an above average piece of hardboiled crime cinema deserving of a much better fate. Yet here we are in 2017, and there's still no DVD or Blu-ray in sight: for those who caught this one in a Times Square grindhouse back in the day, your memories will have to suffice.

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