The famous novelist Yukio Mishima called this film "a Greek Tragedy of Japan".This Mishima's comment is right. The story of this flick has the aura of inevitability,and the inevitability goes to the awful tragic ending. A man must kill his friend in the rule of Yakuza society,even he does not want to kill him,and the man must go to jail. This is a typical representative of chivalrous type Yakuza flicks,and the best picture of this type.Kosaku Yamashita's directing of this film is very imposing,and the photography by Ngaki Yamagishi is very beautiful,the scenario is very well written by Kazuo Kasahara(later he wrote the scenario of "Yakuza Papers"), the music of Toshiaki Tsushima fits in well with this film.This is a real masterpiece of this genre.
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