You may be curious about what they're up to when the cameras are turned off, but you'll never find out.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Plays more like a bad feature than a documentary.
| Original Score: C
If you're expecting a real-life version of a bloody Takashi Miike movie, forget it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jean-Pierre Limosin's Young Yakuza looks at Japan's version of the Mafia.
| Original Score: 4/5
Juggling restraint and boldness to tackle this subject on many unexpected layers establishes this work as a brilliant effort.
I kept looking for signs that Young Yakuza was a scripted mockumentary. But eventually I came to believe Limosin's claims, simply because, with all the options fiction provides, no one would deliberately construct so dull and meandering a story.
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.