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The Boss's Head (1975)

Shin jingi naki tatakai: Kumicho no kubi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Comedy | 1 November 1975 (Japan)
Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to ... See full summary »

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Bunta Sugawara ... Shuji Kuroda
Tsunehiko Watase ... Kunimitsu Sugawa
Yuriko Hishimi
... Tetsuya Kusunoki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Bartender
... Matsumoto
Masataka Iwao ... Prison Rapist
... Misako
Ryûji Katagiri
Takuzô Kawatani
Nenji Kobayashi
Michimaro Kotabe ... Mazaki
Kan Mikami ... Akira Kobayashi
Hideo Murota ... Takeo Akamatsu
Mikio Narita ... Aihara
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Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to make good on financial promises to him, Kuroda targets the family bosses with a ruthless vengeance. Written by Anonymous

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The Head of the Boss
16 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to make good on financial promises to him, Kuroda targets the family bosses with a ruthless vengeance.

Crafting the script this time are Susumu Saji, perhaps best known for writing "Voice Without a Shadow" (1958) for Nikkatsu; and Kôji Takada, who wrote "The Street Fighter" (1974) with Sonny Chiba. The general concept details some of the conflicts between the Owada family and the Kyoei Group over the control of the Kanmon Straits.

This is a very smart location choice. Much like how the American mob infiltrated the docks, it makes sense to have the yakuza try to control the Straits, which is a necessary passageway for boats coming from Korea and China. Whether it be drugs or something legal, whomever controls the passageway can very effectively put their dominance on the commercial world of Japan.

Even better, this time we add Meiko Kaji to the mix. Though best known as the assassin Lady Snowblood, or perhaps the murderous Sasori from the "Female Convict 701: Scorpion" series, she is no less menacing here.


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