Yakuza the Graveyard (Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana) (2001)





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A haunted detective whose unconventional methods virtually define the term rogue cop is set up for failure when his corrupt superiors assign him the task of heading the organized crime beat in this landmark yakuza masterpiece from the director of Battle Royale and Black Lizard. His guilt at having widowed the woman who has now become his lover weighing heavier on his shoulders with each passing day, Detective Kuroiwa (Tetsuya Watari) is given strict "hands off" orders when assigned the task of cleaning up the Nishida underworld. Suddenly plunged into a far-reaching power-play conspiracy sanctioned by the police and pitting the violent yakuza gangsters against one another for a bloody battle to the death, the renegade cop finds his already-precarious situation even further complicated when he becomes romantically entangled with Keiko (Maiko Kaji), the half-Korean wife of Nishida's most notorious crime boss. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Critic Reviews for Yakuza the Graveyard (Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana)

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There are more than enough corpses to fill a cemetery once the smoke clears in Yakuza Graveyard.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
Slant Magazine

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Full Review… | December 6, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Yakuza the Graveyard (Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana)

The shit hit the fan again on RT, it's like fucking clockwork how it happens, the server crashes, people get angry and make one big stupid, pathetic scene over one or two posters..and yet we keep at it here like a cog in a machine, always slogging through the mud and, dirt to keep on posting. at least the holiday's should be coming up soon so happy holiday's to 'ya alll.

Kent Haley
Kent Haley

The pace is almost relentlessly frenetic, with fast and furious editing, fights breaking out every 3 minutes, judicious use of jump cuts and freeze frames, and a couple of nifty tricks (loved the psychedelic colors during the "truth serum" scene). Many movies of this ilk blur the line between good guys and bad guys, but this one seems to go the extra mile: some of the cops are utter scumbags, while some yakuza take delight in helping out Watari.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

An art-crime flick and an amazing one. Seems to just concentrate mostly on the loaded-gun character of the cop, and blends more into the narrative of the film as we follow him along. This has the beautiful charm of 70s Japanese films, the kind you get in films like The Street Fighter, especially with the hand held camera, appearing to be very loose with zoom and shakes but extremely effective. I really want to make love to KINO video for releasing this film, and others of the ilk. Watch the heck out of this film if you know what's good for you.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

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