Jingi naki tatakai: Chojo sakusen (Battles Without Honor and Humanity 4: Police Tactics) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jingi naki tatakai: Chojo sakusen (Battles Without Honor and Humanity 4: Police Tactics) Reviews

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½ November 26, 2016
The fourth installment in the Battles without Honor & Humanity series has a middle episode feel. Violence and killings get amped up, but the conflicts are a continuation of the ones in the third film, and this one ends with an ellipses.

Fukasaku uses actors who appeared in earlier films in the series in different roles (Tsunehiko Watase, Tatsuo Umemiya) without significantly changing their appearance or characteristics. In a saga with multiple story threads and a dizzying array of characters, this adds to the confusion in this already convoluted series. I suspect there weren't enough actors in Toei Studios, if not all of Japan, to fill all the parts these movies required.

In all these films the thing I love the most is the intensity and chaos of the fight scenes, which gives them a realistic feel. In one shoot out involving two yakuza factions and police, one young criminal ends up accidentally jumping in the car of his fleeing enemies, which was not only funny, but also plausible given how something like this might unfold in real life.
February 23, 2016
More of the same in the 4th film in Kinji Fukasaku's five film Yakuza Papers series - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. At this point in the program, the narrated exposition at the start of the film is pretty long and it only just manages to detail the characters and action from Proxy War (the third film). It might come as no surprise that, although some of the main yakuza bosses are back (primarily cool Bunta Sugawara as Hirono but also his rivals Takeda, Yamamori and Uchimoto), they sometimes get lost among the violent antics of the younger generation of yakuza and by the end of the film they are all sidelined. It's hard to keep the betrayals straight. One wonders what will happen in the 5th and final film, when everyone's in jail. Fukasaku maintains the same punchy style here, syncopated with freeze frames and horns. When yakuza die, we finally find out their names and which family they belonged to in a flash of onscreen text. If any of this is a true story, Hiroshima couldn't have been a safe place to live. Not the place to start the series, naturally.
GS
Super Reviewer
December 6, 2011
Great to see Hiroki Matsukata return in the film as a different character because he is a big reason why the first film was so good, but he was killed in this film just as he was in the first. On the other hand, Matsunaga was missing which I did not like because he brought a lot to the last two films before this. The style of direction and constantly going back and forth between different groups was a novelty in the 3 earlier films, that wore off with this one. A big problem is that the central character Shozo Hirono keeps disappearing from the story by being sent to jail and what not, but soon Fukasaku ran out of interesting characters that could command attention like Hirono. The two sequels before sometimes had some great side characters, but with this film I just kept waiting for him to return. The large scale war never really happens on huge scale which is disappointing considering that the film before this set expectations for that to happen. I think it was not presented properly. The character of Uchimoto became a huge bore. The ending was not one I enjoyed. The weakest out of all the films so far. Looking forward with a lot of hope that the last film in the series delivers like the first one did.
½ February 19, 2011
4th chapter of the classic Yakuza series by Kinji Fukasaku. After 18 years of bloodshed, Police joins the war. 17 dead, 26 injured, 1,500 arrested. It's hard to believe this is based on an actual event. 2 hours of non-stop bloodshed.
½ August 8, 2010
the fourth installment is largely like the first 3: confusing and hard to follow at times. i enjoyed it like the others but camerawork continued to irk me - too shaky for my liking.
December 22, 2009
Another fantastic episode in a wonderful series of films.
June 9, 2009
Like the title says, the Po-Po put the crackdown on the Yakuza... but that won't stop Sugawara!
February 19, 2009
It's an excellent series and Bunta Sugawara is way cool.
½ August 30, 2008
Excellent war of the yakuza movie.
½ June 19, 2008
The fourth film in director Fukasaku's epic Yakuza film series.
Amidst all of the mayhem and violence, Fukasaku still manages to allow his characters to grow, giving them quiet contemplative moment every so often to remind the audience that despite the terrible past acts they have committed, they are still human.
January 30, 2008
Don't let the ending fool you, these guys aren't done.
December 11, 2007
Another transitition. This time we see how public opinion pushes yakuzas into the corner. From the ending u might assume this is the last part of the serie.
December 2, 2007
It could be that Fukasku's violence escalates with every installment in the Battles Without Honor and Humanity franchise, or just that the on-screen bloodshed frustrates more intensely due to the spectator's deeper connection with the characters. Fukasaku plays brilliantly with audience expectations as the all-ought gang war expected is gradually reduced due to Hiroshima's public disgust and police efforts to jail Yakuza bosses.
½ September 25, 2007
The chaotic, restless violence picks up in the fourth installment, but it's a bit unfocused, and the narrative bounces around a lot.
August 17, 2007
Public restlessness increases police presence in Hiroshima. Hirono is shuttled back and forth between various cities, forced to keep a low profile. Between rival interests and random police searches, it's never been a worse time to be a crime boss.
½ August 6, 2007
this one continues pretty much from where Proxy wars ends. The Yakuza wars are in full swing, and the people aren't taking it anymore.
July 16, 2007
Lots of plans and threats but all that really happens is lots of people go to jail, including Hirono.. again. Guy spends most of the series locked up.
May 30, 2007
I wish this was in English..
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