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Street Mobster
     

Street Mobster

Director: Kinji Fukasaku, Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Ando, Mayumi Nagisa

Cast: Kinji Fukasaku, Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Ando, Mayumi Nagisa

 
Legendary director Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale, The Black Lizard) takes the helm for this stylish and violent take on the life of a lower echelon yakuza thug striving to survive in a Tokyo where the rules are constantly changing. Thuggish Isamu Okita (Bunta Sugawara) has a bad reputation for his short temper and bad habit of flying off the handle. When

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Legendary director Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale, The Black Lizard) takes the helm for this stylish and violent take on the life of a lower echelon yakuza thug striving to survive in a Tokyo where the rules are constantly changing. Thuggish Isamu Okita (Bunta Sugawara) has a bad reputation for his short temper and bad habit of flying off the handle. When he returns to the streets after a harrowing stint in jail, the ever-changing climate finds him struggling to survive. When adaptation to the new way of gang life proves futile for ex-con Isamu, the misfit forms his own gang with the intention of getting revenge on those who wronged him in the past.

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This intense, furiously-paced crime film outing is one of director Kinji Fukasaku's finest films. On the surface, it is an action opus and it works beautifully at that level: the script delivers a preponderance of chases, brawls and confrontations of all sizes and Fukasaku gives it a potent, kinetic energy with his trademark combination of handheld camerawork and quick-cut editing. However, Street Mobster also weaves in some social commentary under all the action that is just as potent. Fukasaku dimensionalizes his rough-and-tumble criminal protagonists by portraying the societal indifference and family problems that shape who they are. The end result is brutal and poignant by turns, a facet that is beautifully captured in the lead performances: Bunta Sugawara is a ball of fire as the film's charming yet self-destructive anti-hero, Noboru Ando is cool yet intense as the boss who tries to save Sugawara from his worst impulses and Mayumi Nagisa is unforgettable as the tragic call-girl whose destiny is inextricably bound with that of the hero. In short, Street Mobster is an excellent example of the yakuza film and a great introduction to the genre for novices.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0037429197325
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
NR
Source:
Homevision
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

New digital transfer, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; Newly translated digital subtitles; Interviews with former yakuza; Original theatrical trailers; Kinji Fukasaku filmography

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. An Unlucky Birth [1:01]
2. Prison/Credits [4:18]
3. Times Have Changed [4:25]
4. Familiar Face [3:50]
5. Things Get Interesting [6:20]
6. Stirring up Trouble [3:40]
7. Choices [5:50]
8. Bullet Wound [4:21]
9. A Reluctant Alliance [4:09]
10. Cherry Blossom Family [5:07]
11. Foreboding Melancholy [5:51]
12. The Good Old Days [3:53]
13. Guerilla Warfare [7:51]
14. The End [3:05]
15. Yato's Move [5:52]
16. Token of Apology [8:15]
17. The Fate of an Underdog [4:43]

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