All over the world, the word Yakuza can be understood as the Japanese Mafia lately. They are known as the international crime organization enough. In 2011, Obama the USA president let yakuza's means frozen and made their criminal trades in America forbidden.
But most of the universal Japanese hardly know about real yakuza life. They might have some image from the yakuza films released on direct-to-video or movies featuring yakuza as heroes or charismas.
Battles without Honor and Humanity
Directed by Fukasaku Kinji
Written by Kasahara Kazuo
Cast: Sugawara Bunta
Matsukata Hiroki and more
Distributed by Toei
Running Time: 99 min.
Battles without Honor and Humanity, it is a famous monumental yakuza film released in 1973 and also known as The Yakuza Papers. That is a documentary-like film based on Hiroshima Yakuza Battles which had gone on from 1950 to 1972 in real. And that has recently been reassessed as viewed from the Japanese underworld modern history.
The charm on the film cannot be told in a word anyway. Dynamic direction, speedy unfolding, good acting and reality from a heap of minute researches should have made it a great film. As every scene on the film can be the climax scene, there is no breathing space.
Hiroshima and Kobe was the stage. They say some of the actors suffered from neurosis for mastering provincialisms. That means the film was elaborated without any compromise.
The movie made a great hit and the video tape also became a popular item in Japan. In 2000s, the DVD was released and they say it is the best hit among Toei film DVDs. Overseas the series of Battles without Honor and Humanity are rated so high and then the DVDs with English subtitles are on sale.
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