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I liked this movie it was surprisingly gory at times. It felt a bit like the Godfather(though not a great comparison since the Godfather is the best). This is a good Japanese mob movie. We get an interesting look at Japanese culture through the lens of the mob. I enjoyed this movie.
una puta locura, chinos pegándose tiros narrado con un estilo documental donde no te enteras de nada, esta pasada.
Battles without Honor & Humanity is stylish and shocking. It deromanticizes organized crime and portrays the dirty politics of criminal organizations. Like many of Fukasaku's films, there are a lot of characters and subplots that requires attentive viewing to follow along. Also, with a nine-year time frame crammed into a 99-minute run time, the film feels reductive.
Inspired by the success of The Godfather and based upon a series of newspaper articles depicting the Yakuza lifestyle firsthand, Battles Without Honor & Humanity sent a shockwave throughout the then-stagnant universe of Japanese gangster movies and brought about many sequels and imitators. The plot of this film centers around Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) and his struggles with climbing the ladder in organized crime. Hirono adheres to a code of honor that the Yakuza supposedly cherishes, but his peers and even his superiors tend to only act chivalrous when it suits them. Battles Without Honor & Humanity attracted a lot of scrutiny for its grisly violence, gritty performance from Bunta Sugawara, and the frantic cinema verite style that director Kinji Fukasaku shot it in. It's frequently compared to similar films being made by Sidney Lumet and Martin Scorsese at the same time, but Battles Without Honor & Humanity also bears a grim charisma that's all its own.
One of the key Yakuza films that sought to shatter the myth of chivalrous behaviour amongst gangsters that had heretofore been portrayed in film and to replace it with its opposite: betrayal, paranoia, greed, and, yes, a lack of honor and humanity. This was the first big hit for director Kinji Fukusaku (later famous in his old age for Battle Royale) and star Bunta Sugawara and it spawned four sequels. Not surprisingly, the film is extremely bloody and brutal, as we follow the Yamamori family's birth, rise, and eventual splintering. Nothing is glamourized: from the early days of the post-WWII black market to the later days of entrepreneurial business ventures jointly operated with politicians, central characters are just as likely to get rubbed out by a backstabbing surprise attack. Although, at first, I thought I might get lost trying to identify the myriad sub-bosses, eventually I was able to grasp the various players and the Shakespearian machinations of the plot (thanks also to the subtitled announcements of each character's death, accompanied by a fanfare of trumpets). Gritty, violent, not for all tastes, but a touchstone in this genre.
A powerful crime movie, with excellent direction and good cast.
TOHO CINEMAS Nagoya Baycity, 2014/4/26
Sugawara's performance is a display of Japanese gangster bravura unlike any other.
Grim, wonderfully immersive stuff that draws you into the criminal world that prevailed in Japan shortly after WWII. Happy to finally have given it a day in court, now to find the rest of the films in the series!
With the cool style and classic tale of treachery, betrayal, and violence, Battles Without Honor and Humanity truly feels like an exciting yakuza film merged with a classic American gangster film, thus giving it the nickname of the "Japanese Godfather." Although, it doesn't quite reach the same sort of epic scale on any level, it's still an interesting and enjoyable film.