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Ryûji (1983)

This is an excellent piece of cinema, about life of yakuza (gangster) and his family. Ryuji tries to quit yakuza and spend a decent life with his wife Mariko and daughter Aya...but as he's ... See full summary »

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Tôru Kawashima

Writer:

Shôji Kaneko (as Akio Suzuki)
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Credited cast:
Shôji Kaneko Shôji Kaneko ... Ryuji Hanashiro
Eiko Nagashima Eiko Nagashima ... Mariko Hanashiro
Kôji Kita Kôji Kita ... Hiroshi
Kinzô Sakura Kinzô Sakura ... Nao
Masataka Iwao Masataka Iwao ... Sekiya
Momo Momo ... Aya, Ryuji and Mariko's daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guin Poon Chaw Guin Poon Chaw
Kenta Dan Kenta Dan
Tetsuto Hijikata Tetsuto Hijikata
Aki Izumi Aki Izumi
Kenji Kikuchi Kenji Kikuchi
Asami Ogawa Asami Ogawa
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano
Akira Takahashi Akira Takahashi
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This is an excellent piece of cinema, about life of yakuza (gangster) and his family. Ryuji tries to quit yakuza and spend a decent life with his wife Mariko and daughter Aya...but as he's used to getting easy money, it'd become hard for him to work hard and get little. Eventually he's back to where he belongs. Written by Naoshi Yasuda

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 October 1983 (Japan) See more »

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Love on second sight

The first time I watched Ryûji the movie lost me probably right at the beginnig. It seemed to be a mediocre yakuza-flick, with a rather unlikeable main-character. Quickly I was following the story just with one eye. A sadly mistake, I have to admit, after watching it recently a second time. The strength of the movie definitely lies in the last two thirds, where we see our Protagonist Ruji struggle with himself and the decision which road to choose. Unhappy with his yakuza life, away from his ex-wife and his daughter, he tries to go "straight". Reunited with his family in Kyushu, earning his money with a "normal" job far away from Tokyo, it seems possible for him to achieve happiness in this way of living. But the reasons for choosing yakuza lifestyle in the first place are not so easy to overcome. My favorite of the movie scene is Ruyji watching a group of old men playing Croquet in the park, a simple but strong scene, it's open for each viewer to read Ryujis thoughts at this moment. We see the climax of his struggle in the great penultimate scene, beautiful acted and again simple but strong. Maybe not a masterpiece, but definetly one of my favourite yakuza movies now.


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