Gangster VIP (Burai yori daikanbu)

February 22, 2008
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Gangster VIP is a far more mature and serious film than most of Nikkatsu’s action films from the 60s, benefiting from some great acting, especially from its lead Watari (Tokyo Drifter), and the poignant final scenes will stick in one’s mind for a long time after the film is over.”

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1968, 93 min., 35mm, color. Directed by Toshio Masuda. With Tetsuya Watari, Kyosuke Machida, Chieko Matsubara. View trailer on Youtube.

After spending three years in prison for stabbing a hitman from a rival gang, Goro comes out disenchanted with yakuza life. When he decides to abandon gangster life entirely, tragedy intervenes, and Goro sets out for revenge.

The first installment in the six-part Burai series (1968-69)Director Masuda calls Gangster VIP, “a youth film that happens to be set in the yakuza world." For Goro there is no easy way out of the world that nurtured him. Based on the memoirs of a real yakuza, Goro Fujita, this film reveals a darker, more desperate side to Watari’s on-screen persona.

Tickets: $10/$7 Japan Society members & seniors/ $4.50 students (first 20 tickets per screening). Purchase tickets online above or call the Box Office at (212) 715-1258.
This event is part of the NO BORDERS, NO LIMITS 1960s Nikkatsu Action Cinema series.

  • Friday, February 22, 2008
  • 7:30 pm