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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Jun 16

Retreat Through the Wet Wasteland (1973) aka Nureta koya o hashire

A group of burglars in black tights breaks into a church to commit robbery and commits outrages upon the pastor’s young daughter. After some time, Detective Harada and his squad rush/came back to the church they robbed earlier. In the duty station, the police chief informs Harada that his ex-colleague, Nakamura, has escaped from a mental hospital where he had been hospitalized for insanity. Harada and his partner, Kato, are assigned to pursue Nakamura on the run. If Nakamura’s insanity turns out to be false, the cop buddies must terminate him and masquerade it as self-defense.

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May 31

Onimasa (1982) aka Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai

Matsue is the adoptive daughter of the Kiryuin House, a small yakuza clan in Shikoku. Onimasa, their leader, is the last heir to a family of samurai. He is hard in business but respected by the poor because of his fairness. Matsue lives in the middle of this society, between gang wars and rivalries among the chief’s mistresses. But when Onimasa takes a chivalrous attitude and finds himself on the side of train workers on strike, it annoys the Great Godfather of the island. The story starts in 1918, ends with the nearing of the Second World War.

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