As I am a Shuji Terayama fan, I was pleasantly surprised years ago to find the name of my friend @kazusajibiki in one of the books and production notes I had, and find out that she used to work with him as an actress when she was a student in Japan. And it was great to see the film Boxer which she played the daughter of the boxer who is played by the legendary film actor Bunta Sugawara, with her and all her friends at the theatre @anthologyfilmarchives in our neighborhood in NYC. #shujiterayama#寺山修司#ボクサー#天井桟敷#buntasugawara#菅原文太
Kinji Fukasaku - New Battles Without Honor and Humanity (Shin jingi naki tatakai) (limited edition) (1974-1976) This is a beautiful boxset with three pretty good movies, all independent stories. As special features go there isn't much, but what there is is great, a video essay, some interviews with the screenwriter, a total of about an hour of extras. The real extra is the very nice and informative booklet that comes with the set, something you won't get if you wait for these to come out as unlimited releases. Definitely worth it, good job @arrowvideo (5/5) #toei#movie#film#arrowvideo#bluray @arrowvideo #cinema#japanese#japanesecinema#cinephile#screencap#screenshot#joeshishido#yakuza#buntasugawara#kinjifukasaku
Street Mobster Directed by Kinji Fukasaku and starring Bunta Sugawara and Noboru Ando.
Okita and his street gang cause trouble in Kawasaki, residing in an abandoned warehouse, they extort money and sell girls to brothels. When they are beat up for refusing to give the Takigawa yakuza family a cut, Okita attacks them with a knife and is sent to jail. After being released he teams up with yakuza Kizaki and subsequently immerses himself in the new yakuza scene, forming his own gang, and runs into one of the girls he raped and sold into prostitution, Kimiyo, whom he starts a volatile relationship with.
After crossing the Takigawa family several more times, Okita is injured and forced into joining under Takigawa's rival, the Yato family, to protect himself and having a truce ceremony with Takigawa. This gives him control of a piece of the entertainment district, giving him an easy life that bores him. Not happy with the truce, Takigawa has talks about uniting with the large Saiei family from Osaka. When Okita disrespects Saiei boss Owada and refuses to apologize even after Yato commits yubitsume, he is expelled from the Yato family.
After nearly his whole gang is killed off one by one, Okita and his two remaining men hold up in the abandoned warehouse. Yato has Takigawa killed and gives the turf to Saiei as a peace offering, promising to get Okita to apologize if they will spare Okita's life. Yato talks Okita into surrendering, with Okita even cutting off a finger. To Yato's surprise, the Saiei family begin beating Okita as a lesson, while keeping the promise not to kill him. However, when Kimiyo arrives and tries to stop it, she is killed sending Okita into a frenzy that results in his death and Yato being stabbed.