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Final Episode (1974)

Jingi naki tatakai: Kanketsu-hen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 29 June 1974 (Japan)
While Hirono is in prison, his rival Takeda turns his own crime organization into a political party, whose two executives stir up new tensions in their thirst for power.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Koichi Iiboshi (story), Kôji Takada
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Cast

Credited cast:
Seizô Fukumoto ... Tamotsu Matsumura
Nobuo Kaneko Nobuo Kaneko ... Yamamori
Jô Shishido ... Katsutoshi Otomo (as Joe Shishido)
Bunta Sugawara Bunta Sugawara ... Shozo Hirono
Yasuhiro Suzuki Yasuhiro Suzuki ... Sakichi Sugita
Kunie Tanaka ... Makihara Masakichi
Nobuo Yana Nobuo Yana ... Ryôsuke Kaga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroko Fuji Hiroko Fuji
Gorô Ibuki
Ryûji Katagiri Ryûji Katagiri
Takuzô Kawatani Takuzô Kawatani
Kin'ya Kitaôji Kin'ya Kitaôji
Akira Kobayashi Akira Kobayashi
Hiroki Matsukata Hiroki Matsukata
Ryô Nishida Ryô Nishida
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While Hirono is in prison, his rival Takeda turns his own crime organization into a political party, whose two executives stir up new tensions in their thirst for power.

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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 June 1974 (Japan) See more »

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Final Episode See more »

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2.35 : 1
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A classic, unforgettable piece of cinema wraps up
3 October 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

With the authorities cracking down on organized crime, many yakuza families prolonged their existences by becoming political parties. The cops weren't fooled, but it did make it harder to prosecute them.

The talkiest of the entries and the entry burdened with the task of wrapping up dozens of loose threads, FINAL EPISODE depicts the legitimization of the crime and protection business and draws a curtain on the life of Bunta Sugawara's symbolic yakuza "torpedo".

It is as compelling for its performances as for its historical detail. Right up until the last body falls, director Fukasaku keeps the energy level high and kicks the narrative along at a heady pace.

It has been a monumental journey and a classic, unforgettable piece of cinema.


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