Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence

Runs: March 9 – March 19, 2011

This week the Globus Film Series presents the Japanese gangster movie genre from the 1960s productions featuring chivalrous kimono-clad, sword-wielding gangsters and gamblers to today’s ruthless gun-toting villains dealing in debt and hustling hardcore porn. Over the past 50 years, the violent and gritty world of the yakuza (the Japanese mafia) steeped in cryptic ritual and customs involving full-body tattoos and missing digits has been one of the mainstays of the Japanese film industry since the 1960s. From its origins when samurai still embodied values like honor, selfless duty (giri) and the noble warrior spirit (ninkyo), the shadowy world of organized crime rivaled with the noble swordsmen as the representatives of honor and heroism. Still, the protagonists of these films remain snarling, swaggering, tattooed and inexplicably sexy characters.

Get ready for blood and broken bones, hookers and hopheads, and plenty of political blackmail. Included are classics and lesser known titles by Kinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike (Dead or Alive), Hideo Gosha (The Wolves), Takeshi Kitano (Outrage), Rokuro Mochizuki (A Yakuza In Love, Onibi: The Fire Within) and Sydney Pollack (The Yakuza).


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