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Battles Without Honor & Humanity: Hiroshima Death
     

Battles Without Honor & Humanity: Hiroshima Death

Director: Kinji Fukasaku,

Cast: Kinji Fukasaku, Sonny Chiba, Meiko Kaji, Seizo Fukumoto

 

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Bunta Sugawara returns as Shozo Hirono in this sequel to the acclaimed "Yakuza" film Jingi Naki Tatakai (aka The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor and Humanity). Hirono, now dug deep into a Japanese crime family based in Hiroshima, finds a new adversary in the person of Katsutoshi Otomo (Sonny Chiba), a ruthless killer who is willing to do anything to

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Bunta Sugawara returns as Shozo Hirono in this sequel to the acclaimed "Yakuza" film Jingi Naki Tatakai (aka The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor and Humanity). Hirono, now dug deep into a Japanese crime family based in Hiroshima, finds a new adversary in the person of Katsutoshi Otomo (Sonny Chiba), a ruthless killer who is willing to do anything to promote his family's interests. Meanwhile, Shoji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji) is an ambitious criminal who quickly scales the hierarchy of the Muraoka family, but his fall proves as sudden as his ascent. Jingi Naki Tatakai: Hiroshima Shito Hen (aka The Yakuza Papers 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima) was followed only a few months later by the third film in Kinji Fukasaku's Yakuza Papers series.

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The second volume of the Yakuza Papers isn't as hard-hitting as its predecessor but remains a memorable film for different reasons. The script pushes the character of Hirono to the sidelines for much of the film, but it wisely brings in characters that are interesting enough to keep the viewer's attention. The new storyline's appeal is sealed by strong performances from the story's new players: action star Sonny Chiba applies his trademark intensity to a memorably fiery villainous role as Otomo, Kinya Kitaoji is moving as the well-meaning foot soldier who gets trapped in the machinations of yakuza life, and Meiko Kaji makes the most of a handful of scenes as a war widow who discovers how cruel the yakuza's code of honor can be. Fukasaku directs the action with his usual fierce style but also manages to find some lyrical moments when dealing with the relationship between Kitaoji and Kaji. Thus, The Yakuza Papers 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima works both as a yakuza opus and a tragic love story, and this duality makes it compelling and unique companion piece to the original film.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2004
UPC:
0037429199725
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
NR
Source:
Homevision
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. New Generation [5:57]
2. Meeting Muraoka [4:37]
3. Rise and Fall [5:30]
4. Guest of Takehara [4:33]
5. Racetrack Incident [6:52]
6. Katsu the Gambler [6:52]
7. Shozo's New Gang [5:23]
8. Bloodshed in Kure [7:29]
9. Reunification [7:09]
10. Katsu in the Spotlight [4:49]
11. Yamanaka Betrayed [10:15]
12. Katsu's Big Move [5:30]
13. Getting Rid of Katsu [5:13]
14. Misled Again [7:27]
15. Yamanaka's Suicide [9:56]
16. Man Among Men [2:04]

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