Tag: Yakuza

Ken Takakura and Brutal Tales of The Yakuza

Ken Takakura and Brutal Tales of The Yakuza

June 30, 2017 | By

Reviews of two new Blu-rays starring Japan’s inimitable Ken Takakura: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965) from Twilight Time + The Yakuza (1974) from Warner Archives.

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BR: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965)

BR: Brutal Tales of Chivalry / Shôwa zankyô-den (1965)

June 30, 2017 | By

It’s almost a tale of a reformed pacifist driven by loyalty to his late father’s non-violence decree, with Seiji suppressing his fine-honed instinct to make precisions strikes as the clan’s business and areas of control are whittled down by a once-respectful nemesis…

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BR: Yakuza, The (1974)

BR: Yakuza, The (1974)

June 30, 2017 | By

Derived from a story and originally scripted by brothers Leonard and Paul Schrader, respectively, producer-director Sydney Pollack, fresh off The Way We Were (1973), had Robert Towne (Chinatown) attenuate the action and violence and put a greater emphasis on the culture clashes between east and west…

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