50 Yakuza Films Films
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50 Yakuza Films

50 films having to do with Japanese organized crime. Including films by legends of the genre Kinji F*kasaku, Seijun Suzuki and, Masahiro Makino. Please enjoy!!
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    Street Mobster In the tradition of Takeshi Kitano, Sergio Leone, and George Romero, Japanese action director Kinji F*kasaku (Battle Royale, The Yakuza Papers) brings to life Street Mobster, the story of a violent

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    Ichi the Killer When a Yakuza boss named Anjo disappears with 300 million yen, his chief henchman, a sadomasochistic man named Kakihari, and the rest of his mob goons go looking for him. After capturing and torturing

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    Battles Without Honor and Humanity In the teeming black markets of postwar Japan, Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) and his buddies find themselves in a new war between factious and ambitious yakuza. After joining boss Yamamori, Shozo is

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    Tokyo Drifter Tetsu has joined his yakuza boss in going straight, but when a rival gang threatens to bring them back into the gang wars, Tetsu must become a drifter to keep the pressure off his old boss.

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    Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Police Tactics As Japan gears up for the 1964 Olympic games, the cops start to crack down under pressure from the public and the press, adding a new dimension in the war for power among the yakuza families of

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    Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Hiroshima Deathmatch Repeatedly beat to a pulp by gamblers, cops, and gangsters, lone wolf Shoji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji, who went on to star as Rhett Butler in the Tokyo stage version of GONE WITH THE WIND), finally

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    The Wolves The Emperor has died! Long live the Emperor! To celebrate the coronation of a new Emperor, a series of pardons release hundreds of Yakuza from jail--men who, perhaps, would have been better off behind

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    Yakuza of Ina Tossing his hat in the air to pick a direction, Yataro the wanderer sets out on a journey of adventure, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. The son of a Hatamoto, he has left the samurai life and

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    Youth of the Beast When a mysterious stranger muscles into two rival yakuza gangs, Tokyo's underworld explodes with violence. Youth of the Beast (Yaju no Seishun) was a breakthrough for director Seijun Suzuki,

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    Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War The successor to Hiroshima¹s most powerful yakuza family, the Muraokas, is whacked in broad daylight on a busy city street. What unfolds is a yakuza succession crisis, as the weaseley Uchimoto

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    Branded to Kill From midnighteye.com: The story concerns Hanada, or Number 3 Killer, played by the hamster-faced Jo Shishido (who had collagen implants in his cheeks to enhance his box-office appeal), a terse

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    Tatooed Life From the Back Cover After his final job as a Yakuza hit man, Tetsu the Silver Fox is attached by his last victim's bodyguard. Coming to his rescue is Kenji, Tetsu's younger, peaceful brother. In the

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    Violent Streets The intelligent yakuza, Noboru Ando; the gunrunner, Bunta Sugawara; thegreedy yakuza, Akira Kobayashi; and Tetsuro Tanba: Toei's BIG 4 together onthe VIOLENT STREETS, a spectacularly violent film with

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    Boiling Point Two members of a Japanese junior baseball team get mixed up with the local yakuza. After their coach is severely injured by the gangsters, the two boys set off to Okinawa to purchase a gun in order to

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    Sympathy for the Underdog From Kinji F*kasaku (Battles Without Honor & Humanity) the director celebrated for changing the face of Japanese action cinema, comes this pivotal crime drama. Stylish and hard-boiled, Sympathy

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    Blood Stained Clan Honor

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    Yakuza Burial: Jasmine Flower Following Cops Vs. Thugs by a year, Kinji F*kasaku’s Yakuza Graveyard is even more violent and colorful, featuring several scenes that Quentin Tarantino obviously borrowed from for Kill Bill. With a

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    A Certain Killer Kazuo Mori's stylish adaptation of a hard-boiled crime novel, The Night Before, by Shinji Fujiwara, stars Raizo Ichikawa, with the exquisite camerawork of Kazuo Miyagawa and a script by Yasuzo

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    Deadly Outlaw Rekka After Kunisada (Riki Takeuchi)'s Yakuza leader and father figure is brutally murdered, he and his best friend (Kenichi Endo) go on a two-man mission to avenge his death, killing other Yakuza leaders

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    Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode In the wake of a big police crackdown, Akira Kobayashi's icily sun- glassed Takeda attempts to transform the Hiroshima yakuza families into a legitimate political organization: The Tensei Coalition.

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    Masako Natsume, Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurō Tamba Matsue is the adoptive daughter of the Kiryuin House, a small yakuza clan in Shikoku. Onimasa, their leader, is the last heir to a family of samurai. He is hard in business but respected by the poor

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    Three Yakuza Toei Films presents a film like no other. This is the tale of three Yakuza gamblers who traveled Japan during the samurai era living by their wits and sword skills. Told in 3 separate vignettes, each

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    Red Peony Gambler Ryuko was raised by her father, a gambler named Senzo Yano in Kumamoto, Kyushu, after her mother d**d when she was little. When she turned 18 years old, her father was attacked and k****d by a

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    Yakuza's Tale During the end of the Taisho Era, Masanosuke Mita of the Sanja Gamily was of Asakusa was a**********d by an unidentified man. The a******n was said to have an Orochi tattoo on his back. Senzo Kikuno,

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    Brutal Tales of Chivalry After World War II, their town was a pile of rubble. Gennosuke, the second generation boss of the Kamizu Group was upholding yakuza chivalry by keeping black-market and illegal items out of their

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    Afraid to Die Legendary/notorious Japanese novelist and cultural icon Yukio Mishima makes a rare screen appearance as Takeo, a young yakuza who reluctantly leaves prison to re-enter a dizzying world of kidnappings,

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    Okinawa: The Ten Year War After WWII, when Okinawa was under control of the US, the local yakuza prospered. But when the island was returned to Japan, the mainland yakuza tries to take over; the local yakuza tries to compete.

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    Theater of Life- Hishakaku Based on a book by Ozaki Koyo about a yakuza's honor, duty and loyalty. Hishakaku asks his woman, Otoyo, a former geisha, to move to Tokyo, where they are taken in by Boss Kokin. Due to his obligation

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    Tales of the Underworld: Big Boss Brutality, corruption, and a touch of humor highlight one of the earliest efforts from master filmmaker Okamoto Kihachi. The Komatsu brothers Ryuta and Mineo are both yakuza (gangsters). Mineo,

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    Red Cherry Blossom Family of Kanto The Ni Family is the most well know and respected group of firefighters in the Kanto region. When their leader dies and the successor disappears, Tsuruji, a beautiful yet tough geisha, becomes the

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    Flame of Blood An all-star Jidai-geki Masterpiece. The story is set in Bakumatsu and revolves around the Bunta Sugawara character, a yakuza (of course :) but instead of a modern yakuza/gangster, he's a

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    Flower and Dragon This is the follow-up of Kato Tai's Jinsei gekijô - Seishun aiyoku zankyohen (aka Theater of LIfe: Youth, Lust and Spirit,1972), with pretty much the same cast and crew. It's a yakuza film epic

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    Yasha (Demon) Yakuza member Shuji (Takakura Ken) turns his back on his gangster lifestyleand moves to a remote fishing village. His past is kept hidden, as is theyakuza-style demon tattoo on his back. However, when

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    Gang vs. Gang

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    Wolves, Pigs and Men "A lonely gangster tries recruiting men to plunder a respected and powerful gang." What an understatement! This is master filmmaker Kinji F*kasaku's first true work of genius, and it stars

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    Fighting Tatsu, The RIckshaw Man Richshaw man Tatsu has wandered to Osaka from Tokyo. He has quarrels with Kimiyakko, a geisha, and throws her into the river. But later, he falls in love with her. Yasaburo, the oyabun of the

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    Kanto Street Peddlers Still never released in the English language. Myself along with many fans here in the west would be thrilled if this film was given a custom job. Maybe some day

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    Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog Brothers The great Bunta stars as a gangster who is sent to jail for the sake of his gang, but when he’s released he finds everything completely changed and his gang has swept him aside for being too violent.

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    In Search of Mother Yakuza member Chûtarô, who together with Hanji, are responsible for the murder of a gambler boss. On the run they return to Hanji's home and a chastening welcome from his disappointed

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    Honor Amoung Brothers Two local yakuza families, the Naruko and the Kito, could never solve their dispute over the popular hot springs of Kusama Inn. Meanwhile, Katsuji Kijima arrives from Hokkaido to find his estranged

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    Yokohama Underworld: Machine Gun Dragon Ryu, a low life thug, along with his mother, steals a shipment of drugs. Now with his machine gun and a gang of hoodlums, he must face the yakuza and the mafia. Not only does this great yakuza action

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    Hiroshima Honor: Hostage Rescue Tactics After a devastating event, a yakuza family converts itself (on the surface only) into a "legitimate" business company dealing with real estate and construction. However, old habits die

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    Chivalrous Story of Japan A turf war is about to break out in a section of the city called "The Domain" as two rival families feud over who controls the area. When the Boss of the Kibamasa falls ill, the Okiyama see

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    The Man With a Sinister Laugh Ryu "the Quick Shot" was a gunman killer a.k.a. "The Killer Who Does Not Kill" was working in a Yakuza family. 3 years ago he got an order to kill the boss of their enemy Yakuza

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    North Sea Chivalry Set in the northern regions of Japan, this is the tale of hard struggling fishermen, as they try to survive against the extremes of nature. Starring a young Chiba Shinichi, along with a supporting

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    A Scarred Life Set in Osaka, during the devastated time of post-war Japan, this is a tale of the yakuza who set about rebuilding after the death of their Oyabun (big boss). Battles erupt as tempers explode as

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    Kingdom of Jirocho The tale of real-life Yakuza boss Shimizu Jirocho is told from his earliest beginnings as a gambler on the road as he forms his gang and sets out on the path to fame and fortune. One of the smartest

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    Ambition Without Honor Seventeen year old Tetsuya kills the boss of a rival gang with the promise of being made. After seven years of prison, he discovers that he is all but forgotten by his Family. The two rival Families

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    Wandering Ginza Butterfly Gang leader Nami (cult film legend Meiko Kaji) kills a member of a yakuza group and goes away to prison. Upon her release three years later, she s a shamed woman confined to living in the shadowy

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