Yakuza Papers

The Yakuza Papers

Director: Kinji Fukasaku, Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Tatsuo Umemiya

Cast: Kinji Fukasaku, Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Tatsuo Umemiya

     
 

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Kinji Fukasaku directed this powerful and uncompromising look at the deadly stakes of life among the Yakuza -- the Japanese Mafia. Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) is a former Japanese soldier who, following his nation's defeat in World War II, finds himself in a prison cell in Hiroshima on a murder charge. While behind bars, Hirono gains a loyal friend in fellow

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Kinji Fukasaku directed this powerful and uncompromising look at the deadly stakes of life among the Yakuza -- the Japanese Mafia. Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) is a former Japanese soldier who, following his nation's defeat in World War II, finds himself in a prison cell in Hiroshima on a murder charge. While behind bars, Hirono gains a loyal friend in fellow criminal Wagasugi (Tatsuo Umemiya), and upon his release Hirono joins Wagasugi in an underworld gang. What starts as a seemingly easy way to earn some quick money becomes something darker and bloodier as Wagasugi and his comrades fall into a violent street war against another mob faction that grows into a long-standing feud. Jingi Naki Tatakai (aka The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor and Humanity) was the first in a series of five successful crime films from Fukasaku.

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This complex, hard-driving yakuza opus is one of the crown jewels in Kinji Fukasaku's lengthy filmography. The Yakuza Papers is the kind of movie that might take a few screening to fully absorb because its screenplay is extremely dense with character and incident -- it's the kind of movie that will introduce five characters in the space of a minute -- and it never waits for the audience to catch its breath. Thankfully, it is as compelling as it is complicated. The storyline moves at a breathless pace, punctuated with often-shocking bursts of violence, and offers a fascinating, deglamorized glimpse into how the men involved in the yakuza lifestyle handle the internal battle between its code of honor and their own ambitions. The film is also effectively anchored by Bunta Sugawara, who gives a charismatic, star-caliber performance as Shozo. Despite his criminal status, Sugawara carries himself with a sense of dignity that makes him easy to sympathize with. It's also worth noting that Tatsuo Umemiya lends solid support as a veteran yakuza who befriends Hirono and Nobuo Kaneko steals many scenes as Boss Yamamori, a true Machiavellian who disguises his scheming mind with a comical exterior to effectively manipulate his men. Best of all, Fukasaku directs the film with tremendous verve; he makes extensive use of handheld camerawork and tricky editing to propel the story along, but he also knows when to hold the camera still so a dramatic realization can sink in. In short, The Yakuza Papers is a film that makes great demands on the viewer but also offers ample dividends to those willing to take it on its own terms. Anyone with even the slightest interest in the yakuza genre should see it.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2016
UPC:
0760137806097
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
NR
Source:
Arrow Video
Region Code:
A1
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
332

Special Features

Brand new Audio Commentary by critic and author Stuart Galbraith IV; Yakuza Graveyard - a new interview with Takashi Miike about Kinji Fukasaku and the yakuza film genre; Original trailers for all five films; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist

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Disc #1 -- Battles Without Honor and Humanity
1. Chapter 1 [:05]
2. Chapter 2 [8:40]
3. Chapter 3 [7:40]
4. Chapter 4 [8:10]
5. Chapter 5 [9:35]
6. Chapter 6 [7:06]
7. Chapter 7 [7:47]
8. Chapter 8 [8:56]
9. Chapter 9 [8:10]
10. Chapter 10 [7:32]
11. Chapter 11 [9:04]
12. Chapter 12 [10:20]
13. Chapter 13 [5:44]
1. Chapter 1 [:05]
2. Chapter 2 [10:48]
1. Chapter 1 [:05]
2. Chapter 2 [8:40]
3. Chapter 3 [7:40]
4. Chapter 4 [8:10]
5. Chapter 5 [9:35]
6. Chapter 6 [7:06]
7. Chapter 7 [7:47]
8. Chapter 8 [8:56]
9. Chapter 9 [8:10]
10. Chapter 10 [7:32]
11. Chapter 11 [9:04]
12. Chapter 12 [10:20]
13. Chapter 13 [5:44]

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