Fudoh: The New Generation Reviews
Fudoh: The New Generation pits father against son, after Riki Fudoh's (Shosuke Tanihara) brother is killed by their father to appease a rival yakuza boss. Starting his own criminal organization at his high school, Riki employs an assortment of unusual bodyguards and assassins. There are a couple of pint-sized kids who tote massive fire power, and even a stripper who uses a blowgun; but doesn't use her mouth to shoot the darts at her victims. I won't say where she does put it, but you should be able to guess that one easily.
Like a lot of Japanese shock cinema, there is a lot of blood in Fudoh. And it is done in that fashion where people have endless gallons of blood that emit out of them whenever they are cut, stabbed or shot. Also, people seem to be able to take massive amounts of damage before they finally die. There is a shootout in a bathroom, where a man is hit dozens of times with power guns but keeps on moving. It's this sort of disregard to both logic and seriousness that made this film so enjoyable to watch.
Fudoh: The New Generation has a nice steady pace to it, bizarre characters and situations as well as an endless supply of fun and memorable eye candy. Gangster movies have a tendency of being too serious, especially with their violent content. Which is why I think I like the perverse twist that Fudoh uses on standard gangster movies, which really helps the film stand out from the majority of the other films of the genre. It may not be as great as other notable gangster films, but it is one that you won't soon forget after seeing.
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