Kinji Fukasaku directs Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata and Nobuo Kaneko in this Japanese faux documentary following the post-war power struggles of a new generation of yakuza in Hiroshima.
Lurid and relentless. Like watching a “Previously on The Yakuza Papers” recap that lasts a daunting 90 minutes. There’s plenty of violence and some likeable character do somehow emerge from the sprawl. But could I watch 8 further entries of this and keep my bearings at this pace of storytelling? Probably not.
Perfect Double Bill: Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
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