Yakuza Papers 5: Final Episode

Yakuza Papers 5: Final Episode

Director: Kinji Fukasaku

Cast: Goro Ibuki, Nobuo Kaneko, Kinya Kitaoji

     
 

In this violent and morally ambiguous crime drama from master genre filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku, Takeda (Akira Kobayashi), a longtime leader of one of Hiroshima's Yakuza families (the Japanese Mafia), attempts to resolve the longtime war between various mob factions by reshaping his organization into a political organization that would be both powerful and legal.…  See more details below

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In this violent and morally ambiguous crime drama from master genre filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku, Takeda (Akira Kobayashi), a longtime leader of one of Hiroshima's Yakuza families (the Japanese Mafia), attempts to resolve the longtime war between various mob factions by reshaping his organization into a political organization that would be both powerful and legal. But not all of Takeda's men take to this new way of doing things, and a rash act by one veteran gangster (Jo Shishido) leads to a final turf war between the families. Jingi Naki Tatakai: Kanketsu-Hen (aka Yakuza Papers, Vol. 5: Final Episode) was the last film in the landmark series Fukasaku began with Jingi Naki Tatakai.

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The finale of The Yakuza Papers ends the series in a manner befitting its unconventional, humanist approach. The script delivers all the violent skirmishes and political infighting that fans expect from the series but it's all tempered with a certain sadness as it explores the theme of the yakuza code becoming outdated in a civilized era driven by big business. The performances match the somber tone of the material, with Akira Kobayashi creating a subtle, effective portrait of a crime boss weighed down by the system he works in and Kinya Kitaoji adding an intense turn as Kobayashi's upstart replacement, who struggles to prove himself while being undermined on all sides. Bunta Sugawara's character of Shozo Hirono is more of a supporting role than a lead in this entry but Sugawara brings his usual charisma to the role while keeping his work subtle enough to lend his performance a somber, thoughtful tone. Director Kinji Fukasaku keeps the complex narrative moving at a sharp pace and deftly blends the story's combination of action and drama into a compelling whole. It all adds up to a movie that hits the expected genre marks but does so in an adult-friendly manner, ending things on a well-earned philosophical note. In short, Yakuza Papers 5: Final Episode is a fine, mature capper to this series and well worth the time for fans of the yakuza genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2004
UPC:
0037429200025
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
NR
Source:
Homevision
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. New Rules [5:49]
2. Retaliation [6:41]
3. Real Yakuza [4:34]
4. Naming a Successor [7:13]
5. Time for a Showdown [6:46]
6. Marriage of Convenience [8:02]
7. Persuading Makihara [9:22]
8. Fatal Blows [8:27]
9. Preparing for Takeda [5:26]
10. Preparing for Shozo [5:54]
11. Killing Makihara [4:49]
12. Retirement Plans [5:01]
13. Matsumura's Plea [4:52]
14. Assassination Attempt [5:28]
15. Installation Ceremony [5:11]
16. The Battles Continue [3:47]

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