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Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young criminal joins a yakuza family to kill the gangsters who beat him up, but falls in love with his boss' widow niece, piling up enemies and corpses along his wayward way.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Shin'ichi Chiba, Meiko Kaji
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa
Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Goichi Yamada, Yutaka Nakajima
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Teruo Ishii
Stars: Kôichi Iwaki, Shin'ichi Chiba, Tomoko Ai
Drama | History | War
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Favorable portrayal of Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, who approved of the bombardment of Pearl Harbor, as a patriot. The film is a jingoistic defense of Japanese imperialism.

Director: Toshio Masuda
Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Teruhiko Aoi, Tomokazu Miura
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Sadao Nakajima
Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Bunta Sugawara, Ken Takakura
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A real gem from the Rising Sun

I am not a Japanese movie specialist. Just a lover of some kind of features from this country. This could have been a yakuza or a samurai film. It matters of honour, sacrifice, friendship, family...A great film, painful, awful, terrific story of the authentic kamikaze fly boys in the end of the war against USA. The characters are powerful to explain to us, non Japanese fellows, what honour means. We now understand how these guys chose to give their lives for their country. And we watch their doubts, their interrogations before getting into their planes. We see for instance this young guy who could not do it because his old mother, he just thought that he had to take care of her. And when he tells her that afterwards, she says that she is ashamed of him. Painful at the most. But, I repeat, so outstanding. We find here the same actors as we usually see in yakuza movies: Koji Tsuruta, Ken Takakura - the most famous Japanese actor in the Occident after Toshiro Mifune, and Bunta Sugawara. Only Ando Noburu is missing. The director Junya Sato made many yakuzas stuff. I have plenty of them, and maybe I'll comment them later.

I just insist on the actors. Poignant characters, noble faces that take tears from your eyes. Especially Koji Tsuruta, my favourite above all of them.

A rare and priceless gem.


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