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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.

Specifications

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
Actors
Name Sugawara,Bunta
Link Search Link
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
Reviews
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
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Reviewer Nate Nichols
ReviewRating 8
Features
Box Set, DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Sugawara,Bunta
Label Home Vision
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Dennis Bartok, American Cinematheque The acknowledged master of the modern yakuza form in Japan.
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