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Graveyard of Honor (1975)

Jingi no hakaba (original title)
A self-destructive man becomes a powerful member of the Japanese mafia but quickly loses his self control. Based on the true story of Rikio Ishikawa.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Tatsuhiko Kamoi (screenplay), Hirô Matsuda (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tetsuya Watari ... Rikio Ishikawa
Tatsuo Umemiya Tatsuo Umemiya ... Kozaburo Imai
Yumi Takigawa Yumi Takigawa ... Chieko Ishikawa
Eiji Gô Eiji Gô ... Makoto Sugiura
Noboru Andô Noboru Andô ... Ryunosuke Nozu
Hajime Hana Hajime Hana ... Shuzo Kawada
Mikio Narita Mikio Narita ... Noboru Kajiki
Kunie Tanaka ... Katsuji Ozaki
Shingo Yamashiro Shingo Yamashiro ... Hiroshi Tamura
Reiko Ike ... Teruko Imai
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Yasuo Matsuoka
Meika Seri Meika Seri ... Woman in the slums
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takuji Aoki Takuji Aoki
Kenjirô Asano Kenjirô Asano
Hidehiro Aya Hidehiro Aya
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Storyline

A look at the life of renegade yakuza, Rikio Ishikawa, particularly the years from 1946 to 1950 when his violent antics get him in trouble with his own clan, Kawada, and then with the clan of his protector, Kozaburo Imai. In these years, he can rely on Chieko, a young Tokyo courtesan who gives him shelter. He's banished to Osaka, where he picks up a drug habit. Through it all, he keeps his friends and enemies off balance with unpredictable behavior - and he seems indestructible. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 February 1975 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Psycho Junkie See more »

Filming Locations:

Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Toei Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Yakuzas "The Fukusaku-style"
19 March 2003 | by elclownSee all my reviews

Kinji Fukasaku is worldwide known for his Yakuza movies, different from the typical overall view the cinema had from Yakuzas. This movie is a good example of how far some yakuzas are from honor or pride.

Fukasaku films Jingi no hakaba (Graveyard of Honor) as a mockumentary (fake documentary) which gives more emphasis to the actual yakuza situation. This movie follows the story of Ishikawa, the archetypical post-war gangster (as it's defined in the film). The character development is great, and very surprising. However, you may loose the plot in some points if you don't have an overall knowledge of the Yakuza organization.

In conclusion, a very entertaining gangster movie the Japanese way. I hugely recommend for anyone looking for the roots of most of the Japanese and Hong Kongese gangsters movies nowadays (Takashi Miike, Takeshi Kitano, John Woo, etc.), you won't get disappointed.


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