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

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

Writers:

Fumio Kônami (screenplay), Hirô Matsuda (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bunta Sugawara
Kunie Tanaka
Mayumi Nagisa Mayumi Nagisa
Yôko Mihara Yôko Mihara
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani
Fumio Watanabe Fumio Watanabe
Kenji Imai Kenji Imai
Asao Uchida Asao Uchida
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... Adachi
Chie Kobayashi Chie Kobayashi
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi
Yasuko Matsui Yasuko Matsui
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai
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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.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 October 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog Brothers See more »

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Toei Tokyo See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color
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You can't tame a mad dog...
27 May 2015 | by youinreverse01See all my reviews

The plot for this bloody Yakuza film follows a similar formula found in director Kinji Fukasaku's other gangster flicks. Bunta Sugawara stars as Gondo, a low level hoodlum who murders a gang leader in order to achieve a higher status. However, after his release from prison, he soon discovers that the old ways have changed, and his place in the gangster hierarchy is uncertain.

"Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog Brothers" (1972) is more episodic in nature compared to some of Fukasaku's other genre pieces. In fact, the title is deceiving. Despite the brothers mentioned, this is really Gondo's story through and through. Something else different is the somewhat darker depiction of the Japanese underworld, with sequences of excessive rape and victimizing of innocent people that are hard to stomach. This harsher point of view makes it nearly impossible to root for our protagonist, despite a cool and confident performance by Sugawara.

Having said that, the director's usual stylistic choices are present as always. This ends up being the timeless story of a man (criminal) wanting to go out on his own, to be his own boss, and getting bogged down with tradition, ritual, and a lack of respect. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed, though viewers trying to get into early 70's Yakuza films might be better served starting with something like "Sympathy for the Underdog" (1971), which is also directed by Fukasaku and features several of the same actors.


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