Young Yakuza (2007)
Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Average Rating: 5.3/10
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In an era where juvenile delinquency in Japan has hit an all-time high, writer/director Jean-Pierre Limosin tells the tale of an aimless 20-year-old who is faced with the choice of walking two distinctly disparate paths in life. Naoki has proven himself a miserable failure at both school and life; unemployable and socially incapable, the shiftless young man soon determines to make a name for himself in the Japanese underworld. Now, despite his mother's objections, Naoki leaves home for a
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Ultimately the viewer is left in the same bind as the filmmakers: wishing we'd been able to follow Naoki's apprenticeship to its traditional conclusion and beyond.
If you're expecting a real-life version of a bloody Takashi Miike movie, forget it.
Jean-Pierre Limosin's Young Yakuza looks at Japan's version of the Mafia.
Never delivers either the thrill of its underworld setting or much insight into its complicated workings.
An intelligent, if non-illuminating, look at an organization.
A wayward Japanese youth's apprenticeship with the Nipponese mafia provides an intriguing premise but little substance in French docu Young Yakuza.
You may be curious about what they're up to when the cameras are turned off, but you'll never find out.
Juggling restraint and boldness to tackle this subject on many unexpected layers establishes this work as a brilliant effort.
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