Full Metal Gokudô (Full Metal Yakuza) (1997)





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Japanese horror auteur Takashi Miike directed this bizarre, ultra-violent variation on Robocop. Kensuke Hagane (Tsuyoshi Ujiki) works as a janitor for Tousa, the head of a powerful Yakuza family; Kensuke looks up to Tousa, and wants to join the organization some day. While Tousa is serving seven years in prison, Kensuke is given his chance, but he lacks the courage to do much more than the most menial tasks. Things change, however, when Kensuke is driving Tousa home after his stay in prison is over; the pair are ambushed by enemy gangsters, leading to a vicious gun battle in which Kensuke is mutilated and Tousa is killed. They're rescued by Hiraga Genpaku, a crazed medical genius who rebuilds Kensuke using parts of Tousa's body as well as the latest in bionic technology. Now possessing super-human powers as well as Tousa's impressive physical strength, Kensuke is transformed into a super-Yakuza who sets out to take down the men who killed Tousa and nearly cost him his life. Full Metal Gokudo was originally released direct to video in Japan but won a theatrical release and a cult following elsewhere. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Full Metal Gokudô (Full Metal Yakuza)

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

If you don't see the similarities between this movie and Robocop, there's something wrong with you...

July 13, 2004
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Full Review… | July 6, 2004
Film Threat

little new here to expand Miike's universe of carnage and perversity

May 31, 2004

Audience Reviews for Full Metal Gokudô (Full Metal Yakuza)


bears no resemblence to Kubrick's 'full metal jacket' in fact if u were gonna knick a title 'robo yakuza' or 'the 6 million dollar yakuza' would be more fitting for this weird film with dated & shitty EFX. did i like it-well kinda

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

An inept gangster is killed during a hit on the boss he idolizes and awakes to find himself turned into a cyborg by a mad scientist. Full Metal Yakuza is basically Robocop meets Frankenstein with dick jokes. The effects budget obviously ran to single figures and there's more ham on display than in a butcher's shop window, but somehow Miike's perverse vision makes it a bizarre freakshow that's strangely difficult to take your eyes off. There's plenty of action and gore and the theme of a super-powered lunatic in a world of violence and sexual bondage makes it feel like the prototype to his brilliantly oddball Ichi The Killer. In the end it's too extreme and generally cheap looking to appeal to casual observers but gore fans interested in the work of Miike may get a kick out of it. It's hardly essential viewing though...

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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What if Robocop were a weird Japanese exploitation flick? Miike answers that question and more in this great low budget shocker with moments of extreme violence, hilarious comedy and fairly decent characters.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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