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Retaliation (1968)

Shima wa moratta (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime | 5 October 1968 (Japan)
Jiro, an ex-convict, comes back to the street after eight years. The gang to which he belonged is nearly disbanded; only the aging boss in his sick bed remains. Still loyal to the ex-boss, ... See full summary »


Yasuharu Hasebe


Yoshihiro Ishimatsu (screenplay), Reiji Kubota (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kobayashi ... Jirô Sagae
Jô Shishido ... Hino (as Joe Shishido)
Hideaki Nitani Hideaki Nitani ... Hakozaki
Tamio Kawaji Tamio Kawaji ... Naruse
Meiko Kaji ... Saeko Hayafune (as Masako Ôta)
Jirô Okazaki ... Jôji
Ryôji Hayama Ryôji Hayama ... Masaya Kitakata
Kaku Takashina Kaku Takashina ... Isobe
Eiji Gô Eiji Gô ... Nakatsu
Tatsuya Fuji ... Shinjô
Shôki Fukae Shôki Fukae ... Munezuka
Jôtarô Togami Jôtarô Togami ... Tokuji Hazama
Keisuke Noro Keisuke Noro
Bumon Kahara Bumon Kahara
Hiroshi Chô Hiroshi Chô ... Ioka


Jiro, an ex-convict, comes back to the street after eight years. The gang to which he belonged is nearly disbanded; only the aging boss in his sick bed remains. Still loyal to the ex-boss, Jiro approaches the powerful Hasama family to ask for assistance. Hasama kindly offers him a job: to settle the dispute in the rising manufacturing city where two opposing gangs battle over the land. Hasama promises Jiro that he will be given control over the land if he completes the task. Jiro heads first to the city with six other outlaws summoned by Hasama. However, Hasama suddenly breaks the promise and Jiro is driven to desperate measures. Written by Nikkatsu

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Release Date:

5 October 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color (Fujicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Jô Shishido on His Life and Retaliation (2015) See more »

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Overly complicated, but still pretty enjoyable
4 September 2015 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A painfully overcomplicated yakuza flick, but it gets by on good performances and fantastic direction. I could barely follow the plot - boiled down, it's a pretty simplistic story of a turf war. Akira Kobayashi stars as a gangster newly released from an 8 year prison stint. He immediately meets up with Jo Shishido outside of the prison. Kobayashi killed his brother in the turf war that landed him in prison, and Shishido has vowed to kill him. He doesn't succeed, and later they become allies when Kobayashi is appointed head of one wing of the gang, though Shishido still has vowed to kill him when all is said and done. There are a lot of recognizable character actors here. Meiko Kaji also appears as Kobayashi's love interest - it's a small role, though. I didn't even recognize her until about halfway through the film. The meek love interest is just not a good fit for her. The fight sequences are all fantastic, even if I did find myself thinking "Now who's this being gutted now?" most of the time.

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