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December 31, 2010
An inside look on modern Yakuza. One of my favourite documentaries of all time. This movie shows the non-violent lifstyle of the Yakuza.
December 8, 2010
Synopsis: Japan. Naoki, now 20, has failed at school, at work and in his personal life. He has decided to turn to a life of crime much to his mother's dismay.... Japan. Naoki, now 20, has failed at school, at work and in his personal life. He has decided to turn to a life of crime much to his mother's dismay. On the advice of a colleague, she hands over her son to the Japanese Mafia. Naoki will then be faced with a serious life decision. [More]

Rated: Unrated
½ December 11, 2009
A look into the non-criminal aspects of the Japanese mafia. Definately eye opening in terms of the hierarchy structure, customs and duties of the yakuza. I just wish this movie touched upon the criminal aspect as well.
June 8, 2009
shallow, boring, doesn't really say anything... too bad.
½ April 21, 2009
La vie quotidienne d'un yakuza. Un documentaire interessant, avec une vision moins romanesque.
½ March 9, 2009
pretending to be deep and revealing, but it only scratches the surface. documentary or fiction - i don't really care, the characters aren't that bad, but that is not enough for a good film. If you think you'll get to know the yakuza by watching this you will be extremely disappointed. so... go watch Crows ep. Zero instead! ;)
½ January 4, 2009
A not-so-gripping, yet somewhat informative look into modern Yakuza societies. The small clan featured in this documentary do not do anything illegal, but various traditions and their high regard for respect is portrayed quite well. Furthermore, you get a general idea of what life is like in a country where organized crime is somewhat legitimized and an accepted part of society...
½ August 21, 2008
Outdated, ineffective doc honestly reflects contemporary yakuza dilemma. Learn etiquette or go to jail.
July 29, 2008
A real and rarely seen look into the criminal underworld of Japan's yakuza. While it doesn't portray (for obvious legal reasons) the more brutal side of the business, it certainly sheds light on what the daily life of a yakuza consists of at the lowest rung on the ladder. Alot of unexpected moments, bits of humor, just plain fascinating to someone such as myself who enjoys yakuza flicks. Miike's DOA even pops up at one point on a TV screen and young Naoki points out that in yakuza films you practically never see anyone at an office, it's all city streets and outdoor events. Here's a documentary that provides a look at the other side of the gangster lifestyle.
½ July 18, 2008
I think I was too tired to watch this. I was interested but couldn't stay focused.
½ July 17, 2008
Massively boring documentary about a potential Yakuza and his apprenticeship to a boss.

They make organized crime more boring than I could've ever imagined.

July 15, 2008
Not the toughest bunch of yakuzas that you would wan't in a documentary like this. Even so, the movie was really insightful. But when you think about it this is probably as far as you can go in this world carrying a camera.
June 30, 2008
Rather poor documentary, after watching it you will learn nothing much about the Yakuza.
½ June 16, 2008
An insightful documentary into the dying underworld of the japanese gangster "Yakuza" and how it struggles to survive in a modernized society where it's youth rejects the traditional. If you are a fan of the the genre like I am, it is an excellent companion piece to your collection. Much of the movie delves into the discipline and rituals of this underworld and how they are seen through the eyes of a rapidly changing society.
June 8, 2008
Screener. Was hoping for more of the dark side but this was totally a white side documentary on running a small yakuza clan. Shot over 1.5 years with real yakuza's.
June 5, 2008
"Mais c'était un documentaire ou autre chose ??" - Maman Sarto, en sortant de la salle du Mercury. Je vous laisse lui répondre Giap ! (Verrais-je un jour son "Tokyo Eyes" ??)
May 23, 2008
Un documentaire surprenant
May 22, 2008
Terrible. I didnt learn anything about the Yakuzas other than its getting harder for them to do their business. Dont see it
April 28, 2008
Docu pas mal interessant qui prend totalement a contre pied les stereotypes sur les yakuzas en les presentant sous leur aspect le plus banal.
Il nous donne l'image d'un monde extremement codifie et pesant peu a peu pousse vers l'extinction.
La demarche de Limosin n'est pas ininteressant même si les elucubration du boss se revelent rapidement plus interessantes que les taches menageres effectuees par le novice qu'il a choisi de suivre.
Le principal reproche a adresser a ce film porte sur le montage qui, s'il a certaines qualites, presente un aspect reellement decousu et plutot repetitif a partir du milieu.
April 14, 2008
Well-shot documentary into the mysterious life of Japanese organized crime. There are some small unexpected twists to the story of Naoki, the 20-y.o. goober who does a tryout in the clan. But by far the most interesting/bizarre person is the boss man himself-- check out where he goes when he hits some trouble. He hints at it early on. It will blow your mind.
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