Jingi naki tatakai: Hiroshima shito hen(Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deathmatch in Hiroshima) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jingi naki tatakai: Hiroshima shito hen(Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deathmatch in Hiroshima) Reviews

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½ December 3, 2007
Part II of the Yakuza Papers series--and it's even better!!! Now that all the main players are established, the series settles down and focuses on the character of Shozo Hirono, who tries to keep his integrity amid all the violence. Great cast, too--Sonny Chiba and the lovely Lady Snowblood/Prisoner Scorpion herself Meiko Kaji! EXTREMELY well made--apart from the occasional zoom, it looks like a film made 20 years later (even though it is set in the 1950s). The climax--filmed with grainy, high-speed film on the nighttime streets--is wonderful.
November 28, 2007
"Fukasaku s yakuza saga continues as violent and pessimistic. After the war bursts into a bloodshed a single tragedy of a one man outlines the desperation of his generation."
November 26, 2007
In this second installment, Fukasaku forces his protagonist to ride shotgun, enabling a recently introduced set of Yakuza involved sympathetics to steer the franchise. This temporary demotion of screen-time not only highlights the stellar performances of Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) and Sonny Chiba (The Streetfighter), but also allows for a tender and tragic story of love and loss to exist which works indirectly to charge the spectator's emotional core and bring them deeper into the films.
October 29, 2007
The amazing second film in an amazing series. More double crossings, less honor and humanity, plus Meiko Kaji and Sony Chiba. I couldn't possibly ask for more, and yet there are three more films.
October 22, 2007
A bit more noir than the first. This is where things start to really get interesting.
October 9, 2007
My favorite of the series. Chiba makes the most of his scant screentime and turns in a career best performance.
September 25, 2007
That's right, Sonny Chiba's in this one! Another great entry for this series full of the same brutal energy of the first.
August 16, 2007
This is an excellent second instalment in the Yakuza Papers series of films. Its timeframe intersects with that of the first and therefore continues and starts new storylines. Fukasaku puts the audience right in the world of the Yakuza, making the setting and characters come vividly to life with his style of film-making. Deadly Fight in Hiroshima is full of vitality and feels really fresh considering that it was made in the early 70's.
½ August 14, 2007
Hirono, the badass ex-soldier, establishes his own Yakuza family and soon draws the ire of Sonny Chiba. Assassinations and betrayals exist around every corner. Fantastic action sequence in the Hiroshima bath house.
Super Reviewer
½ August 7, 2007
Fukasaku, Chiba and Bunta in an awesome yakuza flick that I may like a little better than the original. This one focuses more on a yakuza who is doomed to tragedy while Chiba plays a psychopath rival. Excellent film.
½ August 4, 2007
Doesn't quite hold up to the sheer intenstity of the first film, this one turns the formula a bit and get's rather noirish. The story essentially folows the story of a lone soldier in the Yakuza wars, and humanizes the series.
½ July 16, 2007
Continues the pace and body count of the first film. A bunch of new charac. are introduced and killed off.
June 6, 2007
I've got a whole load of Fukasaku Yakuza films sitting around somewhere - most of them with the great Sugawara Bunta. I don't think this is among them, but with Chiba Shinichi AND Kaji Meiko in the same film, I'm sold.
½ June 3, 2007
This installment gets an extra little nod for having Sonny Chiba as the psychotic Katsutoshi Otomo
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