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Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana (1976)

When a cop is transferred to a new precinct it is obvious that the area's yakuza mob are not dealing with just another policeman. The cop is bent on results and is not immune to becoming ... See full summary »

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... Kuroiwa
... Keiko
Tatsuo Umemiya ... Goro Iwaki
Hideo Murota ... Hidaka
Jûkei Fujioka ... Kojima
Kenji Imai ... Shunji Matsunaga
Masataka Iwao ... Masaharu Kusumoto
Nobuo Kaneko ... Akama
Takuzô Kawatani ... Kajiyama
Nenji Kobayashi ... Akira Kitajima
Mikio Narita ... Nozaki
Junkichi Orimoto ... Takechi Hatano
Kei Satô ... Teramitsu Abara
Masaru Shiga
Harumi Sone ... Katsugi Kanai
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When a cop is transferred to a new precinct it is obvious that the area's yakuza mob are not dealing with just another policeman. The cop is bent on results and is not immune to becoming rough in order to get results. Matters take a different turn, however, as the policeman juxtaposes the nature of his targets with his own colleagues, examines their actions more closely and becomes acquainted with a woman on the fringe of the criminal underworld. Written by aghaemi

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A compelling story of police corruption and a cop on the edge
8 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Fukasaku's film, also known as "Yakuza Graveyard," is a compelling Japanese crime drama, from the director of "Battle Royale."

The plot centres on a 'cop on the edge,' played by Tetsuya Watari, a character far more disturbed than, say, Dirty Harry or Popeye Doyle from "The French Connection." Indeed, Watari's rebelliousness seems far more shocking in the context of Japanese society, where respect for authority and conformity are supposedly ingrained.

Equally interesting is the portrayal of the Yakuza. It is a crime family in the mould of "The Godfather," but more prosaic and less self-important than the clan created by Francis Ford Coppola. Above all, the film's theme is the lack of honour in Japanese society. The police are corrupt, and in many respects indistinguishable from the Yakuza. The central character develops a close relationship with one of the mobsters, whom he discovers is far more honourable and trustworthy than his police colleagues.

All in all, a fascinating and fast-paced movie.


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