Yakuza Papers

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Product Overview

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
Editors Note
Note Kinji Fukasaku's (BATTLE ROYALE) revered gangster series is a landmark of 1970's Japanese cinema. Set just after WWII and based on the memoirs of a real-life crime boss, these films serve to deglamorize the traditional cinematic portrayal of organized crime, instead painting its members as petty, backstabbing thugs who will turn on their closest allies for power or profit. The story follows the violent exploits of Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara), a former soldier, as he joins a yakuza gang in post-bomb Hiroshima. From there, he weathers a brutal series of events, including jail terms and pulling off hits of rival gang members, on his shaky journey through the ranks. This 6-Disc box set includes all 5 films in the series, plus a bonus disc of supplemental material.
Kinji Fukasaku
Bunta Sugawara
Tatsuo Umemiya
Toshio Kurosawa
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1973
Catalog ID 010
UPC 00037429199527
Number of Discs 6
Running Time 500 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Japanese
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
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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