Gregor's Grindhouse Top 30: Japanese Gangster/Crime Picturesby Movie-Mate | created - 6 months ago | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
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1. Koroshiya 1 (2001)
R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
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.
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.
4. Youth of the Beast (1963)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other.
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.
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.
7. Dead or Alive (1999)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 24,593 | Gross: $0.23M
11. Gozu (2003)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
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.
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.
Votes: 9,321 | Gross: $0.00M
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
18. Brother (I) (2000)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 5,362 | Gross: $0.00M
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 »
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.
Shinjuku Triad Society
24. Yakuza Law (1969)
96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A story of yakuza lynching during the Edo, Taisho, and Showa periods.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Battles Without Honor and Humanity 5: Final Episode