crime 50 Yakuza Films  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Street Mobster Bunta Sugawara, Asao Koike, Noboru Mitani - 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 killer who will stop at nothing to ...

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Battles Without Honor and Huma... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Battles Without Honor and Humanity Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka, Hiroki Matsukata - 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 drawn into a feud with his sworn ...

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Tokyo Drifter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 Huma... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Police Tactics Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Takeshi Katô - 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 Hiroshima. Akira Kobayashi's Takeda ...

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Ichi the Killer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Ichi the Killer Shinya Tsukamoto, Tadanobu Asano, Susumu Terajima - 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 a rival Yakuza member looking for ...

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Battles Without Honor and Huma... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 finds a home as a Muraoka family hit ...

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Branded to Kill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Branded to Kill Kōji Nanbara, Annu Mari, Isao Tamagawa - 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 yakuza assassin in shades who is turned ...

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Yakuza of Ina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 become a yakuza, gambling on life’s ...

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Youth of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Youth of the Beast Seijun Suzuki, Eimei Esumi, Misako Watanabe - 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, introducing the flamboyant colors, ...

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The Wolves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
The Wolves Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurō Tamba, Hisashi Igawa - 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 bars. The world they left, ...

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Battles Without Honor and Huma... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War Reiko Ike, Tetsurō Tamba, Bunta Sugawara - 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 (Takeshi Kato) dithers and the ...

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Tatooed Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 fray, Kenji kills a yakuza and the ...

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Boiling Point is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Boiling Point Beat Kitano, Hisashi Igawa, Yuriko Ishida - 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 get revenge. While in Okinawa ...

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Battles Without Honor and Huma... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi - 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. When the young Matsumura ascends to ...

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Violent Streets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 action that couldonly be directed ...

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Sympathy for the Underdog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 for the Underdog stars Koji Tsuruta, ...

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Deadly Outlaw Rekka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 leading to a final confrontation by ...

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Yakuza Burial: Jasmine Flower is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 similar nearly-humorous soap ...

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Three Yakuza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 part tells the story of a ...

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Blood Stained Clan Honor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 50 Yakuza Films

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A Certain Killer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 Masumura. A Certain Killer is a dark, ...

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Onimasa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Onimasa Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume, 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 because of his fairness. Matsue ...

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Brutal Tales of Chivalry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 open-air market. Taking advantage of ...

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Afraid to Die is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Afraid to Die Yukio Mishima, Takashi Shimura, Eiji Funakoshi - 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, attempted assassinations, attacks ...

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Okinawa: The Ten Year War is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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. Now sides are drawn and brother ...

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Red Peony Gambler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 stranger in alley. Ryuko then dissolves ...

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Yakuza's Tale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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, Mita's bonded brother, succeeded ...

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Yokohama Underworld: Machine G... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 flick star Sonny Chiba but also ...

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Tales of the Underworld: Big B... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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, although complicit in crime, even ...

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Theater of Life- Hishakaku is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 to Kokin, he is involved with a ...

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Flame of Blood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 gambler/bakuto). After he k***s someone and ...

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A Scarred Life is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 someone seeks to fill the seat of power.

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Kanto Street Peddlers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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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Yasha (Demon) is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 another gangster comesto town, ...

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Gang vs. Gang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 50 Yakuza Films

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Wolves, Pigs and Men is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 three titans of Japanese genre ...

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Fighting Tatsu, The RIckshaw M... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 Nishikawa Gang, loves her very much too.

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Red Cherry Blossom Family of K... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 boss. But will she be able to ...

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Ambition Without Honor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 have reconciled and Tetsuya was ...

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Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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. He tries to start a new life with ...

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Honor Amoung Brothers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 mother and accepts the hospitality ...

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North Sea Chivalry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 cast which includes international ...

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Hiroshima Honor: Hostage Rescu... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 hard..

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Chivalrous Story of Japan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 it as the time to make their move ...

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The Man With a Sinister Laugh is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 family. Following his personal ...

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In Search of Mother is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 mother who tells him to keep away from ...

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Kingdom of Jirocho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 and strongest of all the gang ...

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Flower and Dragon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
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 about a man & a woman ...

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Wandering Ginza Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 50 Yakuza Films
Wandering Ginza Butterfly Meiko Kaji, Tsunehiko Watase, Tatsuo Umemiya - 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 world of sex clubs and street gangs.