Nihon boryoku-dan: Kumicho (Japan Organized Crime Boss) (2000)





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Coming out of jail and hoping for a quiet life, Yokohama yakuza has to take the lead of his gang after the death of his boss. His small group is is taken in a crossfire between a big yakuza group from Osaka at war with the Tokyo alliance for the control of the city. He tries to keep to the old yakuza code but he is no match for the new thugs who live and fight without honor.
Art House & International , Drama
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A former Yakuza is released from jail only to find his gang besieged by a rival clan and his boss assassinated. Following his dying words, Tsukamoto attempts to sever ties from the controlling gang using them as cannon fodder for their own ends. The voice over and headline splashes of the sensationalist opening is very like a tabloid style documentary, but this film soon settles into the usual themes of honour and loyalty that Yakuza movies always seem to share. It's an early film by Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) and his comic strip style is makes for a brisk, no-nonsense tale that wastes little time on peripheral characters; many appear just to be instantly killed off, the headline splashes often the only way it's possible to keep up with who's who. This means a lot of the (very brief) outbursts of violence are without context and so it's a little difficult to get involved in the story. Koji Tsuruta is extremely watchable however, and displays the kind of brooding, laconic persona of Western contemporaries Clint Eastwood and Michael Caine and is clearly an influence on Takeshi Kitano's stone faced tough guys. This added to the cool sixties look and you have an entertaining if not entirely immersive gangster film that's well worth a look if you're into this kind of thing.

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