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Red Peony Gambler: Oryu’s Return AKA Hibotan bakuto: Oryû sanjô (1970) Tai Katô, Sumiko Fuji, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kanjûrô Arashi
Oryu searches for a blind girl she left behind but gets involved in a Yakuza turf war. Read More »
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 5: Man with the Karajishi Tattoo AKA Shôwa zankyô-den: Karajishi jingi (1969) Masahiro Makino, Ken Takakura, Ryô Ikebe, Sumiko Fuji
Hidejuro is sent to prison after killing the boss of a rival family. Read More »
Based on a celebrated book by Kuniko Mukoda, this film directed by Yasuo Furuhata tells of a close friendship undone by love. Read More »
The Chivalrous Life AKA Kyokotsu ichidai (1967) Masahiro Makino, Ken Takakura, Sumiko Fuji, Minoru Ôki
This is yet another ninkyô yakuza film that seems to be (unconsciously?) trying to deal Read More »
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 4 AKA Shôwa zankyô-den: Chizome no karajishi (1967) Masahiro Makino, Ken Takakura, Ryô Ikebe, Sumiko Fuji
Fourth film in the “Shôwa Zankyôden” series. This expression means duty, obligations, and rules obeyed by gangsters and outlaws in the pre-Shôwa era. Read More »
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 3 AKA Showa zankyo-den: Ippiki okami (1966) Kiyoshi Saeki, Ken Takakura, Ryô Ikebe, Sumiko Fuji
Takei Shigejiro belongs to the Shimazu family. When his boss gets killed, he takes revenge and ends up in prison. Read More »
Taking place in Shinshu in the 1920s, Tsumakoi Okoma, while traveling to hone her gambling skills Read More »
Popular geisha Shinji (Fuji Junko) must defy a gang who plot to steal a lucrative coal business Read More »
Koshizu (Fuji), a young geisha, tries to kill herself but is saved by cook Yukichi (Sugahara). Read More »
Big Time Gambling Boss (1968) Kôsaku Yamashita, Sumiko Fuji, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin’ichirô Mikami, Action
The oyabun (yakuza capo) of the clan controlling gambling in the Tokyo district dies suddenly and his followers have to decide who will take his place. The mafiosos choose the honest and loyal Nakai, but he refuses the offer alleging that he’s not a direct disciple of the dead oyabun, and suggesting that they choose the next person in the line of succession, Matsuda, who’s currently doing time in prison.
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Nihon jokyo-den: makka na dokyo-bana / Brave Red Flower of the North (1970) Yasuo Furuhata, Sumiko Fuji, Ken Takakura, Shingo Yamashiro, Action, Crime
An exciting tale of action on the distant northern island of Hokkaido around the beginning of the 20th Century starring two of the biggest names in Yakuza film history, Fuji Junko and Takakura Ken. Since the death of death of her father, Yuki who has traveled from her home in the southernmost part of Japan must fight corrupt local officials seeking to fill her late father’s post. As her life is in danger a mysterious rifleman, played by Takakura Ken watches from the shadows. Can she finish the work her dear departed father started in an untamed land?
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Nihon jokyo-den: ketto midare-bana / Bloodiest Flower (1971) Kôsaku Yamashita, Sumiko Fuji, Ken Takakura, Masahiko Tsugawa, Crime, Drama
The story of Tei, a female coalmine operator, who risks her life to protect the business that was passed on by her late husband.
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Twilight Saya in Sasara / Towairaito Sasara Saya (2014) Yoshihiro Fukagawa, Yui Aragaki, Yô Ôizumi, Sumiko Fuji, Drama
Saya (Yui Aragaki) is a young widow mother. Her husband Yutaro (Yo Oizumi) died in an accident. Yutaro abandoned his wealthy family to marry Saya. To protect her baby, she goes to the town of Sasara where her aunt lived. Her aunt passed her house down to Saya. Saya and her baby settles down there, but she has difficulties dealing with her situation. At this time, her dead husband Yutaro borrows other people’s bodies to help Saya, but Yutaro’s family tries to take her baby away.
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