Nov 05

New Battles Without Honour and Humanity (1974) aka Shin jingi naki tatakai

Bunta Sugawara is Miyoshi, a low-level assassin of the Yamamori gang who is sent to jail after a bungled hit. While in stir, family member Aoki attempts to seize power from the boss, and Miyoshi finds himself stuck between the two factions with no honorable way out.

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Oct 26

Las Vegas Happy Woman (1996) aka Du cheng kuai huo nu

MadamQ96In 1987, A gambling contest gets nasty, and the loser has his hand chopped off. 1992, The other side loses. A spiral of revenge begins. 1997, The main competitors this year come from Japan, and the Hong Kong side fears losing. There is a gambling champion who has two women vying for his attention, one of whom is Japanese. The champion’s assistant has another Japanese lady after him. There are dirty tricks and changing allegiances all over the places, as well as sex scenes aplenty.

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Oct 16

Ryuji (1983) aka 竜二

This is an excellent piece of cinema, about life of yakuza (gangster) and his family. Ryuji tries to quit yakuza and spend a decent life with his wife Mariko and daughter Aya…but as he’s used to getting easy money, it’d become hard for him to work hard and get little. Eventually he’s back to where he belongs.

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