Blood of Revenge
1965, 91 min., 16 mm., color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Tai Kato. With Koji Tsuruta, Junko Fuji, Kanjuro Arashi, Masahiko Tsugawa. Print courtesy of The Japan Foundation.
"An absolutely standard period yakuza movie."—Time Out Film Guide
The outstanding performance by Koji Tsuruta, the yakuza genre’s first star, is the most commanding reason to see this film, in addition to über-stylist Kato’s masterly and distinctive mise en scène. Osaka, 1907: Asajiro (Tsuruta) lives between a rock and a hard place: he has to keep his business clean and running, tame his late oyabun’s hot-blooded son and suffer the throes of his impossible love for beautiful geisha Hatsue (Junko Fuji). Life is tough, but misdeeds will not remain unavenged and trickling blood will swell to a flood, of course.
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Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence
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