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Yakuza Papers
     

The Yakuza Papers

Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Tatsuo Umemiya

 

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One of the great achievements in Japanese crime cinema gets the treatment befitting its high quality with this impressive box set from Home Vision Entertainment. The Yakuza Papers offers all five film in this legendary series and all are presented via letterboxed, anamorphic transfers that boast vibrant levels of color and detail. This set also utilizes the

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One of the great achievements in Japanese crime cinema gets the treatment befitting its high quality with this impressive box set from Home Vision Entertainment. The Yakuza Papers offers all five film in this legendary series and all are presented via letterboxed, anamorphic transfers that boast vibrant levels of color and detail. This set also utilizes the original Japanese mono soundtrack for each film and all benefit from solid mastering that gives them a nice, crisp sound. It's also worth noting that the subtitles are bright, well-timed and translate all appropriate signs, papers and superimposed Japanese titles. This set further benefits from an incisive set of extras. First up is a pair of booklets included inside the disc case: they offer an essay from Patrick Macias that discusses the artistic and cultural background of the Yakuza Papers films as well as chronologies, a guide to characters and a "family tree" that details the lives of the characters over the five films. Each film's disc also includes trailers for all the Yakuza Papers films as well as other Fukasaku-directed crime films. Even better, the set offers a sixth disc that is devoted exclusively to six featurettes about the films. These featurettes paint an effective portrait of the series' importance in Japanese film while also going into detail about how Fukasaku's experiences influenced and shaped his non-traditional approach to the yakuza genre. Particularly interesting are the segments devoted to filmmaker William Friedkin's thoughts on the series and an interview with Linda Hoaglund, the translator who worked with Fukasaku to do the subtitles for this set and some of his other films. Simply put, anyone with the slightest interest in the yakuza genre will want to check out this lovingly mastered and compiled box set. Simply put, anyone with the slightest interest in Japan's yakuza genre will want to check out this lovingly mastered and compiled box set.

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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:
12/14/2004
UPC:
0037429199626
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
NR
Source:
Homevision
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Made from a Digital transfer, enhanced for 16:9 televisions with restored image and sound; Includes The Yakuza Wars of Hiroshima, a pull-out viewer's guide to Yakuza characters, gang affiliations, deaths, battles, ascensions, and incarcerations found in The Yakuza Papers series; Original theatrical trailers & director filmography

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Life After the Bomb [5:48]
2. Shozo's Choice [4:14]
3. Sworn Brothers [5:09]
4. Shortened Rituals [7:45]
5. Rigging the Assembly [5:49]
6. Trouble With Doi [5:54]
7. Yamamori's Debt [7:16]
8. Killing Doi [6:58]
9. Death of a Brother [5:30]
10. Dissension in the Ranks [8:10]
11. Portable Shrine [7:00]
12. Sakai vs. Shinkai [3:32]
13. Shozo's Return [9:40]
14. Sakai vs. Yamamori [7:16]
15. Sakai Short Down [5:55]
16. Unsatisfied [2:53]

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