Young Yakuza Reviews

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
June 19, 2008
You may be curious about what they're up to when the cameras are turned off, but you'll never find out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Russell Edwards
Variety
May 20, 2007
A wayward Japanese youth's apprenticeship with the Nipponese mafia provides an intriguing premise but little substance in French docu Young Yakuza.
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 23, 2008
Plays more like a bad feature than a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 18, 2008
If you're expecting a real-life version of a bloody Takashi Miike movie, forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
April 3, 2008
Never delivers either the thrill of its underworld setting or much insight into its complicated workings.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 3, 2008
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.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 23, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
April 16, 2008
Juggling restraint and boldness to tackle this subject on many unexpected layers establishes this work as a brilliant effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
April 18, 2008
Jean-Pierre Limosin's Young Yakuza looks at Japan's version of the Mafia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
May 25, 2007
An intelligent, if non-illuminating, look at an organization.
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
February 26, 2011
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