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Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)

Jingi naki tatakai (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 13 January 1973 (Japan)
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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

Writers:

Koichi Iiboshi (story), Kazuo Kasahara (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bunta Sugawara ... Shozo Hirono
Hiroki Matsukata Hiroki Matsukata ... Tetsuya Sakai
Kunie Tanaka ... Makihara Masakichi
Eiko Nakamura Eiko Nakamura ... Suzue Kunihiro
Tsunehiko Watase Tsunehiko Watase ... Toshio Arita
Gorô Ibuki ... Ueda
Nobuo Kaneko ... Yamamori
Toshie Kimura ... Mrs. Yamamori
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji ... Kanbara Seiichi
Mayumi Nagisa Mayumi Nagisa ... Akiko Shinjo
Asao Uchida Asao Uchida ... Okubo Kenichi
Shin'ichirô Mikami Shin'ichirô Mikami ... Shinkai Uichi
Hiroshi Nawa Hiroshi Nawa ... Doi
Shinji Takano Shinji Takano ... Kaneko Shoichi
Keiji Takamiya Keiji Takamiya ... Yamakata Shinichi
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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.

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And now for something completely different...
14 August 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Although it has certain stylistic similarities with other movies (the extreme violence of the LONE WOLF & CUB films and the gangster shenanigans of THE GODFATHER and its ilk), BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY is very much a unique and almost surreal slice of Japanese yakuza madness.

The story is told in a choppy style and takes place over a number of years. It sees various criminal gangs emerging in post-war Japan, engaging in various rivalries with one another as various gangster bosses strive to outdo their rivals. Into this messy mix are thrown various larger-than-life characters, foremost of whom is Hirono Shozo, played with emotional relish by Bunta Sugawara.

The first half of the film is largely confusing with a large cast of similar characters all battling one another and indeed I wondered what I was watching at some points. However, it all distills down and becomes much more focused in the second half, which follows the members of a single crime family in their bid for leadership. There's little action here, but Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLE ROYALE) directs with stylish aplomb, making this a more than memorable gangster epic.


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Japanese

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