Yakuza Papers

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In the wake of The Bomb, ex-soldier Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) joins a Hiroshima yakuza gang--the Japanese equivalent of the Mafia--and then the shootings, slashings, betrayals, and scheming begin.

Premiering a year after The Godfather, The Yakuza Papers also broke box-office records and spawned sequels, but, in contrast, took a ruthlessly de-romanticized view of the underworld. Based on an actual gang boss' memoirs, The Yakuza Papers plunges the audience into a gritty, brutal, violent newsreel of a three-decade struggle for power of Shakespearean complexity, a nihilistic epic unlike any other.


Studio Home Vision/Public Media
SKU 40251201
UPC 037429199527
UPC 14 00037429199527
Format DVD
Release Date 12/14/2004
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Sugawara,Bunta
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Cast & Crew
Bunta Sugawara - Actor
Hiroki Matsukata - Actor
Kinji Fukasaku - Director
Koichi Iiboshi - Writer
Sashadi Yoshima - Cinematographer
Tatsuo Umemiya - Actor
Toshiaki Tsoshima - Musical Score
Tsunehiko Watase - Actor
ReviewSource Los Angeles New Time
Review Fukasaku can only be likened to such hard-boiled vets as the late Don Siegel and Sam Fuller for the
Reviewer Nate Nichols
ReviewRating 8
Box Set, DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Sugawara,Bunta
Label Home Vision
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dennis Bartok, American Cinematheque The acknowledged master of the modern yakuza form in Japan.

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