|The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor And Humanity (DVD, 2004, 6-Disc Set) (DVD, 2004)|
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Director Kinji Fukasaku keeps the action and interest going in a 5-part movie series made in the mid-1970's. It documents the rise of the modern Yakuza in western Japan from 1945 until the time of production. Never a dull moment!
The viewer is placed at the center of a 30-year Yakuza war, from the perspective of someone standing next to Bunta Sugawara's character "Hirono".
Intense performances from perfectly-cast actors, you might call this series "The Japanese Tough-Guy Character Actor's Full-Employment Act.
Hyper-kinetic camera work that pulls you into teh action and shoves it in your face in teh days before CGI made it all easy.
Tough-guy dialogue (in Japanese with English subs), shifting loyalties, drifting definitions of honor.
For some reason, modern Japanese directors can't touch Kinji Fukasaku, Akira Kurosawa, Seijin Suzuki or the geniuses of the '50's-'70's. GET THIS if you can.
The Yakuza Papers follow one Japanese Yakuza as he rises from a simple foot soldier to being the head of his own family and dueling with other families for control of vice in Hiroshima to an early retirement. The movies are well shot and although you do need to pay close attention to the story and the assortment of characters, its easy to become addicted.
The Direction and acting is superb and the window you get into the Yakuza culture is impressive. Easily this is one of the best Japanese movies not only of the Yakuza genre but in general.
This collection is well packaged, well presented. The Fukasaku doc enclosed with the set tells it all: a vibrant, groundbreaking post-war director of great skill. While his hand held action gets a bit weary sometimes, for me, there is no denying his attention to character detail, no denying the unexpected explosions of both narrative and style in his work. I already had parts 1 and 5 of this set, and waited for months to get the entire package at a reasonable price. (I'd rather see this collection than the Godfather Series, frankly.) The comments in the Fuksasaku doc about his attention to periferal/background characters is right on.
The Yakuza Papers series is just fantastic. From the first movie to the last it is a gripping story with many different characters that come and go - all of them interesting.
This set is a must have for fans of "Mob movies," or especially fans of the Yakuza genre from Japan.
The picture and sound quality is excellent for movies from the early to mid 70's.
Once you start the first film it's hard to stop watching them in rapid succession. This set is Highly Recommended.