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Yakuza Papers (1973)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40251201
UPC: 037429199527
UPC 14: 00037429199527
Category Keywords: Crime  Gangs  Gangsters  Mafia
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.

"The acknowledged master of the modern yakuza form in Japan.  Dennis Bartok, American Cinematheque

Editor's 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.


Video Features Box Set, DVD

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Home Vision/Public Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/14/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 500 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1973
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 010
Video UPC UPC: 00037429199527
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 6

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bunta Sugawara
Video Cast Info Hiroki Matsukata
Video Cast Info Tatsuo Umemiya
Video Cast Info Tsunehiko Watase
Video Cast Info Kinji Fukasaku - Director
Video Cast Info Koichi Iiboshi - Writer
Video Cast Info Sashadi Yoshima - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Toshiaki Tsoshima - Musical Score

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles New Time 8 of 10
Fukasaku can only be likened to such hard-boiled vets as the late Don Siegel and Sam Fuller for the - Nate Nichols

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Sugawara,Bunta
Product attributeLabel:   Home Vision
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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