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Hiroshima Death Match (1973)

Hiroshima shitô hen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 April 1973 (Japan)
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.


Kinji Fukasaku


Koichi Iiboshi (story), Kazuo Kasahara (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bunta Sugawara ... Shozo Hirono
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Katsutoshi Otomo (as Sonny Chiba)
Meiko Kaji ... Uehara Yasuko
Shingo Yamashiro Shingo Yamashiro ... Shoichi Eda
Hiroshi Nawa Hiroshi Nawa ... Muraoka Tsuneo
Mikio Narita ... Matsunaga Hiroshi
Gin Maeda Gin Maeda ... Shimada Koichi
Toshie Kimura ... Mrs. Yamamori
Junko Matsudaira Junko Matsudaira ... Bar Hostess
Yoshi Katô ... Choji Otomo
Eizô Kitamura Eizô Kitamura ... Ishida Eisuke
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji ... Buddhist Priest
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Keisuke Nakahara
Nobuo Yana Nobuo Yana ... Takuya Asano
Hôsei Komatsu


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.

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Pays tribute to Tokyo Drifter (1966); in the scene when Yamanaka is laying low in Shozo's turf, a jazzy version of the theme song from Tokyo Drifter plays in the background. All the while Shozo is advising Yamanaka he should hide in Toyko to avoid the conflict between the two warring clans of Hiroshima - strongly similar to the story plot in Tokyo Drifter. The scene ends with Yamanaka's boss calling to give him one final mission to set him up, similar to how Tetsu's boss calls his partner to rub out Tetsu in Tokyo Drifter. See more »


Katsutoshi Otomo: We live to eat nice foods and sleep with girls. What's wrong about earning some money too?
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Followed by Final Episode (1974) See more »

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Hiroshima's Yakuza gangs range the period between 1950-1955!!!
1 December 2019 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

This second episode of Hiroshima Yakuza's gangs focused on the main leading character that strangely appears on bottom of list of the characters at IMDB's page, Kin'Ya Kitaôji as the hired killer Sochi Yamanaka, after back from war he looking for a job, has an incident at restaurant when he meets for the first time Yasuko a widow from a Japanese war hero, due his bravery on fight he was hired to work with the clan Muraoka and received a valuable Swiss clock as gift, one night he was involved sexually with the Yasuko, a forbidden step, widow was allowed to marry again with her brother in law only, Yamanaka disappears for a while working as killer, arrested in jail for murder receives a unexpected news, Muraoka has been arranging a marriage between Yasuko and his brother in law, knowing this treachery he decides to kill Muraoka, always helped by the Shozo Hirono (Sugawara) as his best friend and adviser, the final sequence is noteworthy on a slum area, a bit complex to follow, don't blink on the movie, also some fights have many shouting and some characters are too freaky and grotesque, insane and bloody sequel!!


First watch: 2019 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 8

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28 April 1973 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Fight in Hiroshima See more »

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