Kinji Fukasaku

  • Kinji Fukasaku – Fûraibô tantei: Misaki o wataru kuroi kaze AKA Drifting Detective: Black Wind in The Harbor (1961)

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    Fûraibô tantei Misaki o wataru kuroi kaze (1961)
    Fûraibô tantei Misaki o wataru kuroi kaze (1961)

    Sonny Chiba returns as Goro Saionji, a private detective fighting against drug smuggling gang at a fishing village.Read More »

  • Kinji Fukasaku – Kaisan shiki aka Ceremony of Disbanding (1967)

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    Sawaki is released from prison after serving eight years for murdering a rival gang leader in order to obtain the land rights to a landfill for the Kotaki clan and he discovers that the world has changed significantly in that time. The police have forced the disbanding of all yakuza groups in and around Tokyo and most of the former yakuza have moved on to legitimate jobs while the low-level thugs have returned to their former gangs. Shimamura, a former executive of the Kotaki clan, has become the president of a construction company that built an oil complex on the landfill and now intends to build another one as soon as they clear the inhabitants off of land owned by Dr. Omachi. Shimamura takes control of the debt owed by Dr. Omachi on his poultry farm in order to exert pressure on him. The poultry farm is worked by Mie, Sawaki’s former lover and mother of his child. Sawaki feels connected to the residents and regrets past his actions that have caused their existence to now be threatened. When Shimamura and his rival former Kotaki clan executive Sakurada battle over the land rights and each pressure the residents in their own way, Sawaki views them as corrupt and decides to follow his traditional code of honor to save the residents.Read More »

  • Kinji Fukasaku – Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana AKA Yakuza Graveyard (1976)

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    PLOT: A police investigator cracks down on yakuza business, but once he realizes the police are in negotiations with certain factions, he sides with his own syndicate of choice.Read More »

  • Richard Fleischer & Kinji Fukasaku & Toshio Masuda – Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

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    Tora! Tora! Tora! Is the Japanese signal to attack – and this movie meticulously recreates the attack on Pearl Harbor and the events leading up to it. Opening scenes contrast the American and Japanese positions. Japanese imperialists decide to stage the attack. Top U.S. brass ignore its possibility. Intercepted Japanese messages warn of it – but never reach F.D.R.’s desk. Radar warnings are disregarded. Even the entrapment of a Japanese submarine in Pearl Harbor before the attack goes unreported. Ultimately the Day of Infamy arrives – in the most spectacular, gut-wrenching cavalcade of action.Read More »

  • Kinji Fukasaku – Gunki hatameku motoni AKA Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)

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    Twenty six years after the execution of her soldier husband on the dying days of World War II the widow is still searching for the truth by meeting with, questioning and interviewing the dead man’s comrades, companions and executioner. The stories retold are one part of the reason why war is as bad as has been said. The state and existence of the survivors is another witness to the dangers of war and warmongers.Read More »

  • Kinji Fukasaku – Bakuto gaijin butai AKA Sympathy for the Underdog (1971)

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    From Kinji Fukasaku (Battles Without Honor & Humanity) comes this pivotal early crime drama in the celebrated career of the director who changed the face of Japanese action cinema. Stylish and hard-boiled, Sympathy for the Underdog stars Koji Tsuruta, one of Japan’s seminal figures in the Yakuza genre, as Gunji, an aging Yakuza who is released from prison after ten years. Gunji lives by a code of honor that has no place among Tokyo’s modern corporate gangs. He gets a new lease on life by reforming his former gang and taking over the whiskey trade on the island of Okinawa. But he is forced to make a final, fateful, bloody stand against the mainland gang that sent him to prison.Read More »

  • Kinji Fukasaku – Gyangu tai G-men AKA Gang Vs G-men (1962)

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    The young Sonny Chiba is fabulous in this wildly entertaining Kinji Fukasaku film. It’s the 4th movie in the very loosely related Gang series. This instalment sees former gangster (Koji Tsuruta) brought back to action when the police needs his help to bring down a dangerous gang lead by Tetsuro Tamba. Chiba plays an enthusiastic young man who goes undercover even though it’s obviously more than he can handle. Critic Mark Schilling aptly described his character as “the seventh samurai” of this story. Though not an all time classic like some of Fukasaku’s later movies, it’s a very stylish and entertaining film full of 1960s cool. Chiba, bursting with youthful charm and energy, is the film’s biggest asset. This is one of his best performances, often leaving superstars like Tamba and Tsuruta in his shadow, and marked the beginning of his best era as an actor.Read More »

  • Kinji Fukasaku – Hakuchu no buraikan AKA Greed in Broad Daylight (1961)

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    ‘Aided by a gang that includes two Americans and a Korean, Miyahara attacks an armoured truck transporting money to a US army base. But soon the cronies fall out – with the settling of old scores, jealousy and murder leading all the characters to a tragic end.’
    – BFIRead More »

  • Kinji Fukasaku – Funky Hat no kaidanji: Nisenman-en no ude aka Hepcat in the Funky Hat: The Case of the 2,000,000 Yen Arm (1961)

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    Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba returns as the reckless son of a private detective takes on the case of a minor league baseball pitcher who disappears right before signing a contract into the major leagues. Meanwhile, the body of an orthopedist is discovered in the river. Two cases come into play and are finally connected into one case. A sequel created by Director Kinji Fukasaku and Superstar Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba, chock full of action and refreshing laughter that will satisfy any audience!Read More »

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