Movie Review Listing
(107 min)
1997 - Action, Yakuza - Japan
An evil Japanese crime boss, Goro Nogi, takes out a rival yakuza leader in an attempt to eliminate the competition in Tokyo. With money and drug control underneath his belt and an almost unlimited amount of muscle working for him, Nogi's syndicate is threatened when years later, the daughter of his rival comes back for vengeance in high heels, a black dress and double fisted guns in an all out vengeance fest sporting the name of "Black Angel." But deception and trickery ensues when all things are laid out on the table and the secret of her origins lay bare for all to see.
Director : Takashi Ishii
Cast : Riona Hazuki, Reiko Takashima, Jinpachi Nezu, Kippei Shiina, Miyuki Ono, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
(93 min)
1993 - Action, Drama, Yakuza - Japan
Junpei is a low life gangster, who has foolish chosen to steal a large amount of money from his yakuza boss. Saved by the cops from a near fatal beating, Junpei is instead thrown in jail for five years. Upon leaving jail, he is in desperate need of protection and hires bodyguard Naoto Kiba to aid him in recovering his stashed money and find his girlfriend. But as their search progress these are like they used to be and Junpei may be in way over his head...
Director : Takashi Miike
Cast : Masaru Matsuda, Daisuke Nagakura, Ren Osugi, Megumi Sakita
(101 min)
1975 - Drama, Yakuza - Japan
The year is 1963, and for nearly a decade the Kurashima City police have been waging a war with the local Yakuza in hopes of eliminating the present element of organized crime. Through their attempts, all have fallen save the leaderless Ohara gang and the Kawade organization. Upon departure to a lengthy stay in prison, Ohara left in charge one Kenji Hirotani, a young upstart whose responsibility has been to keep the family together and to further Ohara’s riches. Meanwhile, Hirotani’s nemesis Kawade has recently come into his corrupt possession, the good graces of a former gangster turned newly appointed assemblyman. Fear not though, Hirotani’s old friend is the hardboiled detective Kuno who lives his life, and career, riding the line between law enforcer and outlaw. Bullets fly, “R’s” are rolled, and the struggle for power ensues.
Director : Kinji Fukasaku
Cast : Nobuo Kaneko, Hiroki Matsukata, Mikio Narita, Bunta Sugawara, Tatsuo Umemiya
(95 min)
1999 - Drama, Action, Yakuza - Japan
A street war that spans across two countries has erupted. A local Japanese yakuza key player and a Chinese triad member has been slaughtered in a highly coordinated assassination. These events ruffle the feathers of a relationship between the Yakuza and Taiwanese Triad, both of which are close to sealing a deal that could benefit both sides. The ones responsible for the chaos is Riki and his gang. Torn between their own confused roots, these first offspring of Chinese immigrants has no clear ethnicity to identify with. They work for themselves and improve for themselves. The police lieutenant Jojima ruthlessly tries to stop the gang's grand plan while also trying to solve a family crisis. Love, betrayal, happiness, and destruction rivets through the lives of these characters while total chaos consumes them. In the end, the outcome lies in the blistering duel between Jojima and Riki.
Director : Miike Takashi
Cast : Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa, Shingo Tsurumi, Kaoru Sugita
(78 min)
2001 - Action, Yakuza, Drama - Japan
FAMILY is the story of rival Yakuza families who continuously go head to head. Lightning Takeshi, is a hitman that is hired to kill a yakuza boss but in the process he is recognized. Now his family must bond together to help save Lightning Takeshi before its too late. Will Lightning passion for his female witness get in the way of the loyalty to his family...
Director : Takashi Miike
Cast : Koichi Iwaki, Kazuya Kimura, Taishu Kasea, Marumi Shiraishi, Miho Tamura, Naoko Inoue
(80 min)
1960 - Drama, Yakuza - Japan
When a reckless driver causes the death of a sign-writer a series of events, which takes Sadao (Koji Wada) from Kobe to the small island of Awaji, ensues. When Sadao arrives on Awaji, he meets Lady Ikuyo (Chikako Hosokawa), the matriarch of the Matsudaira clan, who confirms that he is the only male heir of the clan. Sadao is a young, unpretentious man, a symbol of the increasing Westernisation of Japan, who has little time for the responsibilities that are thrust upon him and is more interested in establishing a youth hostel and leisure park on the island, hoping that the publicity will allow him to be re-united with his long-estranged mother. Lady Ikuyo is not keen on Sadao's activities but, more worryingly, they are also getting in the way of Nanjo's (Hiroshi Kindo), a local yakuza, plan to develop Awaji into Asia's version of Monaco.
Director : Seijun Suzuki
Cast : Koji Wada, Chikako Hosokawa, Hiroshi Kindo, Emiko Higashi
(100 min)
1996 - Action, Yakuza - Japan
Ever since Riki Fudoh witnessed his father viciously murder his older brother in order to prevent a gang war from breaking out, his sole goal has been the destruction of the old yakuza generation and replacing it with his. Only his father soon realizes that Riki is behind the past hits and plans to put and end to Riki.
Director : Takashi Miike
Cast : Shosuke Tanihara, Kenji Takano, Marie Jinno, Tamaki Kenmochi, Tôru Minegishi, Miho Nomoto
(109 min)
1995 - Action, Yakuza - Japan
Bandai a club owner and well known in Tokyo nightlife, is in big trouble with the Yakuza as he owes a lot of money. Lacking any cash to pay and running out of time he comes up with a plan to rob the Yakuza. He rounds up some people to help him, Ogiwara an unemployed corporate worker, Hizu a former cop who lost his job due to a scandal. Jimmy a wasted addict in love with a Thai prostitute and Mitsuya a con artist who specializes in blackmailing well-placed homosexuals. After going over every detail they attempt to rob the Yakuza.
Director : Takashi Ishii
Cast : Kazuya Kimura, Takeshi Kitano, Masahiro Motoki, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Jinpachi Nezu, Koichi Sato
(96 min)
1963 - Drama, Yakuza - Japan
Devoted to the Yakuza code, boss Izu’s bodyguard Katsuta (Akira Kobayashi) attempts to live his life by old traditions, but in a modern world, living by the code is not always so simple. Like a toppling stack of dominos, one problem after another begins to up heave Katsuta’s peace of mind. A foolish companion gets himself into hot water when he sells a rival’s love interest into prostitution, leaving Katsuta to right his wrongs. Bundle that responsibility with the resurgence of a long lost love and the constant power struggle with greedy rivals the Yoshida gang, and you have enough aggravation to crack even the most resilient of anti-heroes.
Director : Seijun Suzuki
Cast : Chieko Matsubara, Hiroko Ito, Akira Kobayashi
(83 min)
1966 - Drama, Yakuza - Japan
After his boss disbands the gang, "Phoenix" Tetsu drifts around Tokyo awaiting any circumstances that come his way. A loyalist at heart, Tetsu is pulled back in by his boss in order to protect the "status quo" of the remnants of their yakuza. With pressure from a rival gang, Tetsu and his boss are going to have a hard time playing it straight when associates are blackmailed, loves threatened and both are thrown into a whirlwind of deceit and treachery, having their honor tested to the fullest degree.
Director : Seijun Suzuki
Cast : Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Hideaki Nitani, Tamio Kawaci, Tsuyoshi Yoshida, Ryuji Kita
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