Battles Without Honor
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Japan / 1973 / 99 min
In Japanese with English subtitles
Last screened on Mon, Jan 18
Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) gave the world Japan’s answer to The Godfather with his violent five-part yakuza saga, beginning with Battles Without Honor and Humanity. Literally exploding on screen with a mushroom cloud, and ending with Hiroshima’s A-bomb Dome, the epic film’s story follows over 100 characters through 20 years of gang wars, alliances, betrayals, and assassinations, in an exciting exploration of criminal power and politics in Japan.