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Sympathy for the Underdog
A yakuza gang gets driven out of Yokohama by a big gang from Tokyo. They relocate to Okinawa to violently start over.
Kinji Fukasaku's "Sympathy for the Underdog" elevates the hardboiled criminal thriller into an opera of gunshots. Taking equal notes from late American noir and Italian spaghetti westerns, "Sympathy" casts its titular gangster protagonists as the suicidal bastard children of the post-Second World War Japan, where the tide of emigration between urban centers ebbs and flows with callous disregard for the human life that is reduced and eaten by it.
Yakuza muvi do kosti. Ima sve bitne sastojke, šašavo mlataranje šakama i noževima, nespretno pucanje i puno kečap krvi. I naravno, staloženog i hladnokrvnog okorjelog Yakuzu koji ne poznaje strah, ali zato ispod svoje tvrde površine zna za ČAST i LJUBAV. Tip je jako veliki KULER, nikad ne skida svoje VINTAŽ KORNJAČASTE sunčane naočale. Osim kad vodi ljubav. S osjećajnom kurvom, naravno.
Jedino što fali je malo golih japanskih sisica (one male crnačke ne računam) i papanja hobotnica.
Kitschy, fast-paced and violent yakuza epic delivers on all fronts with the benefit of avoiding becoming bogged down by its own complex plotting.
More of the same from Fukasaku (if you've seen any of his 70s yazuka films, and there's more than a few, you've essentially seen this.) But I love this same; so to me, it's not a fault.
Sympathy? Well, maybe not, because there aren't really any good guys here, but at least they have some reasoning for what they're doing. Fukasaku manages to keep some substance in an otherwise very stylish movie. But, then he is the king of yakuza, after all.
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