Sep 07

The Gate of Youth (1981) aka Seishun no mon

The story of Shinsuke, a young man who lives through a stormy life as a poverty-stricken coal miner. Ranging from Shinsuke’s infanthood to his mid-teens. Coal workers and the mines dominate nearly every aspect of his life. Shinsuke’s father a group leader at the mine, dies while bravely using dynamite to rescue a group of trapped Korean miners. Several older men attempt to help he and his mother cope, including a friendly Harley-riding yakuza boss. This movie has it all, drama, romance, sex, yakuza and violence! It is based on a story by Hiroyuki Itsuki that was originally serialized in the magazine Shukan Gendai in 1969-70.

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Jun 19

Black Angel Vol.1 (1998) aka Kuro no tenshi Vol.1

Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and is only saved from sharing their fate by an underground hitwoman who goes by the nom-de-guerre of “Black Angel.” Years after escaping to America, Ikko returns to Tokyo as a young woman. She adopts the name “Black Angel” and is out for revenge.

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Jun 17

Bad Girl Mako (1971) aka Furyô shôjô Mako

Patronized by a gang ruling the city, Mako delinquently plays around a night club every night with her bad company. One night, a guy Hideo gets closer to her for one-night stand, and they consequently fall in love. However, Hideo is killed by the gang. Mako swears vengeance on his beloved’s murderer.

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