Gregor's Grindhouse Top 30: Japanese Gangster/Crime Pictures

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1. Koroshiya 1 (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

Votes: 48,211 | Gross: $0.02M

2. Fudoh: The New Generation (1996)

98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

In order to settle a business dispute, a mob leader murders one of his own teenage sons. The surviving son vows to avenge his brother's death, and organizes his own gang of teenage killers to destroy his father's organization.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shôsuke Tanihara, Miho Nomoto, Tamaki Kenmochi, Marie Jinno

Votes: 3,349

3. Kawaita hana (1964)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Thriller

A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Mariko Kaga, Takashi Fujiki, Naoki Sugiura

Votes: 2,421

Pale Flower

4. Youth of the Beast (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawaji, Minako Katsuki

Votes: 2,640

Youth of the Beast

5. Cops vs Thugs (1975)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime

Acting boss Hirotani of the Ohara gang uses his friendship with corrupt cop Kuno to usurp a staged land deal that rival yakuza gang Kawade had arranged through local politicians. Open warfare erupts between the two gangs.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Tatsuo Umemiya, Hiroki Matsukata, Mikio Narita

Votes: 511

Cops Vs Thugs

6. Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime

A yakuza, who has an untamed rage and lack of respect for authority, finds himself leading the remnants of the gang he once belonged to in order to secure an area of their own.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Andô, Mayumi Nagisa, Asao Koike

Votes: 762

Street Mobster

7. Dead or Alive (1999)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

49 Metascore

A yakuza of Chinese descent and a Japanese cop each wage their own war against the Japanese mafia. But they are destined to meet. Their encounter will change the world.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa

Votes: 6,922 | Gross: $0.00M

8. Branded to Kill (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After a badly done assignment, a hitman finds himself in conflict with his organisation, and one mysterious and dangerous fellow-hitman in particular.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Annu Mari, Kôji Nanbara

Votes: 6,809

Branded to Kill

9. Tokyo Drifter (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Crime

After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Hideaki Nitani, Tamio Kawaji

Votes: 6,445

Tokyo Drifter

10. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 24,593 | Gross: $0.23M

11. Gozu (2003)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

58 Metascore

A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Yûta Sone, Kimika Yoshino, Shôhei Hino, Keiko Tomita

Votes: 10,205 | Gross: $0.05M

12. Violent Cop (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa, Shirô Sano

Votes: 9,321 | Gross: $0.00M

Violent Cop

13. Black Angel Vol. 1 (1998)

107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and is only saved from sharing their fate by an underground hitwoman who goes by the ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Riona Hazuki, Reiko Takashima, Jinpachi Nezu, Kippei Shîna

Votes: 767

Black Angel Vol. 1

14. Black Angel Vol. 2 (1999)

105 min | Action, Drama, Crime

Assigned to kill a Japanese crime boss, Mayo miscalculates and kills an innocent man instead, and his widow pledges to avenge his death.

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Yûki Amami, Takeshi Yamato, Reiko Kataoka, Yôzaburô Itô

Votes: 306

Black Angel Vol. 2

15. The Five (1995)

Unrated | 109 min | Action, Drama, Crime

Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers.

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Masahiro Motoki, Jinpachi Nezu, Kippei Shîna

Votes: 2,120

16. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (1963)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime

Police detective Tajima, tasked with tracking down stolen firearms, turns an underworld grudge into a blood-bath. Suzuki transforms a colorful pot-boiler into an on-target send-up of cultural colonialism and post-war greed.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Tamio Kawaji, Reiko Sassamori, Nobuo Kaneko

Votes: 546

Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!

17. Sonatine (1993)

R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe, Masanobu Katsumura

Votes: 15,767

18. Brother (I) (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

47 Metascore

A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô

Votes: 20,472 | Gross: $0.45M

19. Graveyard of Honor (2002)

131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A barkeeper saves a Yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However his fear of nothing soon causes problems.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Amamiya, Narimi Arimori, Yoshiyuki Daichi, Hirotarô Honda

Votes: 1,716

20. Doberman Cop (1977)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Crime

A tough-as-nails cop from Okinawa investigates a savage murder in Tokyo's nightlife district. Originally dismissed as a bumpkin, he soon proves more savvy than the local police.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Janet Hatta, Eiko Matsuda, Masaru Shiga

Votes: 261

Doberman Cop

21. Boiling Point (1990)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two disquieted junior baseball players seek revenge on the local yakuza for attacking their coach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yûrei Yanagi, Yuriko Ishida, Taka Guadalcanal

Votes: 5,362 | Gross: $0.00M

Boiling Point

22. Gonin 2 (1996)

108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Thrown together by chance during the robbery of a jewelry store by a Yakuza gang, five women take advantage of the situation to make off with the heist's loot, while a man hunts the same ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Ken Ogata, Shinobu Ôtake, Kimiko Yo, Mai Kitajima

Votes: 360

23. Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Amidst a Chinese and Japanese mafia war, a lawyer for the Chinese mob finds a rift forming between him and his corrupt police office brother.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kippei Shîna, Tomorô Taguchi, Takeshi Caesar, Ren Osugi

Votes: 1,821

Shinjuku Triad Society

24. Yakuza Law (1969)

96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A story of yakuza lynching during the Edo, Taisho, and Showa periods.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Bunta Sugawara, Minoru Ôki, Hiroshi Miyauchi

Votes: 159

Yakuza Law

25. Hito-kiri Yota: Kyoken San-kyodai (1972)

86 min | Action, Crime

The great Bunta stars as a gangster who is sent to jail for the sake of his gang, but when he's released he finds everything completely changed and his gang has swept him aside for being too violent.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka, Mayumi Nagisa, Yôko Mihara

Votes: 114

Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog Brothers

26. Shussho Iwai (1971)

131 min | Crime, Drama

After going to prison for killing the boss of the Kanno gang, a gangster gets released early - only to find that his ex-gang has merged with the Kannos. But with bitter resentments lingering on both sides, bloodshed is bound to begin anew.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Rumi Aiki, Hideyo Amamoto, Noboru Andô, Mitsuko Aoi

Votes: 400

The Wolves

27. Onimasa (1982)

146 min | Drama

A yakuza melodrama, covering decades in the lives of Boss Onimasa, his adopted daughter Matsue, and his biological daughter Hanako.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume, Akiko Nakamura, Akiko Kana

Votes: 312

28. Kanto Wanderer (1963)

92 min | Action, Crime

Three schoolgirls are infatuated with a yakuza, Katsuta, of the Izu Clan. They meet another yakuza, `Diamond` Fuyu, of the rival Yoshida clan. As he gets a tattoo, two of the girls become ... See full summary »

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Akira Kobayashi, Chieko Matsubara, Daisaburô Hirata, Hiroko Itô

Votes: 334

Kanto Wanderer

29. Tattooed Life (1965)

87 min | Action, Crime

After his own gang sets him up to kill a rival mobster, a hit man is forced to flee with his younger brother.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Masako Izumi, Hiroko Itô, Kayo Matsuo

Votes: 805

Tattooed Life

30. Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

During the violent chaos of post-War Japanese black market, a young gangster called Shozo Hirono has to keep up with the rapid shifts of power between unscrupulous bosses.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Kunie Tanaka, Eiko Nakamura

Votes: 2,781

The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honour and Humanity

31. Hiroshima Death Match (1973)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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, Shingo Yamashiro

Votes: 1,092

Battles Without Honor and Humanity 2: Deathmatch in Hiroshima

32. Proxy War (1973)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Drama

Yakuza boss Shozo Hirono must choose his alliances carefully as the local gangster family affiliations prove themselves to be wildly unstable, causing gang conflicts to slowly escalate.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tsunehiko Watase, Shingo Yamashiro

Votes: 913

Battles Without Honor and Humanity 3: Proxy War

33. Police Tactics (1974)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Conflicts between Hirono's family and Yamamori's family (and their allies) are made more tense by the ambitious underlings and the police's efforts to impose a crackdown on the gangs.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tatsuo Umemiya, Toshio Kurosawa

Votes: 770

Battles Without Honor and Humanity 4: Police Tactics

34. Final Episode (1974)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

While Hirono is in prison, his rival Takeda turns his own crime organization into a political party, whose two executives stir up new tensions in their thirst for power.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Seizô Fukumoto, Nobuo Kaneko, Jô Shishido, Bunta Sugawara

Votes: 711

Battles Without Honor and Humanity 5: Final Episode



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