Cops vs. Thugs

Cops vs. Thugs

Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Seizo Fukumoto, Nobuo Kaneko

     
 

Kino has given Cops Vs. Thugs a decent if somewhat basic treatment on DVD with this disc. The anamorphic, widescreen video transfer has strong detail but the colors seem a bit faded. The mono Japanese soundtrack acquits itself just fine and the English subtitles are both legible and well-paced. Unfortunately, this disc comes up short in the area of extras.See more details below

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Kino has given Cops Vs. Thugs a decent if somewhat basic treatment on DVD with this disc. The anamorphic, widescreen video transfer has strong detail but the colors seem a bit faded. The mono Japanese soundtrack acquits itself just fine and the English subtitles are both legible and well-paced. Unfortunately, this disc comes up short in the area of extras. There are two trailers -- one for Cops Vs. Thugs, the other for Yakuza Graveyard -- and a brief image gallery. There is no commentary track and no interviews to put the film in context or explain the importance of Fukasaku as a filmmaker. It's a shame that a little more effort wasn't expended on what could have been a major title. That said, fans will be happy to see the film with a quality widescreen transfer and this disc is a significant improvement on a prior British edition that many fans had to settle for in the past. Ultimately, this disc offers a decent way to get acquainted with Cops Vs. Thugs but little else.

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Cops Vs. Thugs delivers plenty of action and suspense for the yakuza film enthusiast: there are countless shootings, shifts of alliance and a particularly tense finale. However, Cops Vs. Thugs is much more than a mere action outing. The carefully layered script also takes time to comment on how the letter of the law can sometimes betray what is truly decent and humane and how the forces of law and order can be as cruel and underhanded as the crooks they pursue. The performances reflect the script's humanist approach: Bunta Sugawara is sympathetic as the savvy cop hero who empathizes with the crooks a little too much for his own good, Seizo Fukumoto delivers a memorably wild-eyed turn as the yakuza kingpin who is determined to honor his criminal code to the bitter end and Tatsuo Umemiya is convincingly hateful as a nasty high-ranking cop whose "ends justify the means" approach alienates everyone except his bosses. Fukasaku's direction is the lynchpin that holds it all together: he gives the film his trademark kinetic-yet-stylish visuals, gets a confident level of performance from everyone in the cast and wrings a tremendous amount of emotional intensity from the material to ensure that the viewer not only understands but feels his point of view. The result is a powerful experience that is a must for yakuza film fans and well worth a gamble for any adventurous foreign film aficionado.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
UPC:
0738329046828
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
51,419

Special Features

Original Japanese trailers; Stills gallery; Optional English subtitles; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cops Vs. Thugs
1. Sushi Thieves [9:52]
2. Cops and Thugs [8:35]
3. Taking the Fall [5:50]
4. Priests and Cops [8:08]
5. Lucrative Deal [7:36]
6. Mad World [8:11]
7. War! [9:41]
8. No Gifts [9:12]
9. Early Retirement [8:43]
10. Messy Hit [6:55]
11. Some Plan [9:21]
12. Double Cross [8:33]

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