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Street Mobster (1972)

Gendai yakuza: Hito-kiri yota (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 6 May 1972 (Japan)
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.


Kinji Fukasaku




Credited cast:
Bunta Sugawara ... Isamu Okita
Noboru Andô Noboru Andô ... Boss Yato
Mayumi Nagisa Mayumi Nagisa
Asao Koike
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani
Nobuo Yana Nobuo Yana ... Karasawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takeo Chii
Hiroshi Date Hiroshi Date ... Kawabe
Mayumi Fujisato Mayumi Fujisato ... Katsuko
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... Prisoner
Mariko Jun Mariko Jun ... Yukari
Chie Kobayashi Chie Kobayashi ... Kaoru
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi
Kyôsuke Machida
Keijirô Morozumi Keijirô Morozumi ... Takigawa


Okita finally is released from the joint, the world outside had changed dramatically, even how gang life operates. In Kinji Fukasaku's brutal character study, you find a yakuza that has a untamed rage & lack of respect for authority yet finds himself leading the remnants of the gang he once belonged to inorder to secure a area of their own... It paved the way for Fukasaku's Yakuza Papers series. Written by Anonymous

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Doomed, restless, violent, self-destructive, Japanese, street punk classic.
25 July 2005 | by Ham_and_EggerSee all my reviews

The proud, self-destructive, punk/anti-hero violates national boundaries without compunction in late 60s/early 70s cinema. Here Isamu Okita (Bunta Sugawara), often simply called "Bro", is reminiscent not only of Alex (A Clockwork Orange) but also of Ivan (The Harder They Come), Johnny Boy (Mean Streets) and even of Michel (À bout de soufflé).

'Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota' (which, in English, apparently means something like Outlaw Killer or Street Mobster) is a restless, prowling movie that occasionally bursts into hyperkinetic action. Something about the verging-on-ludicrous action scenes gives the viewer almost the same sense of release that Bro and the other punks feel.

Isamu is a punk, a whore-son, born on the margins of post-war society. By virtue of his own courage and propensity for violence he becomes the leader of a street gang and attracts the attention of the more established yakuza crimelords. Most of the drama revolves around the conflict between his pride and his superiors.

'Street Mobster' is very well filmed and has aged well, it's influence on films like 'Fight Club' is palpable.

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6 May 1972 (Japan) See more »

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Modern Yakuza: Outlaw Killer See more »

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