EVERY film mentioned in 'The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films' (Mark Schilling; Stone Bridge Press, 2003)

Over the years, and especially recently, as more such titles have been released by specialty companies I peruse, such as Arrow Video and The Criterion Collection, I have learned, not simply to appreciate but also to adore the yakuza, or Japanese gangster, movie. This book came to my attention through my local University library. The tome is neatly designed: An eight-page Foreword, 24-page Brief History of the genre, Profiles/Interviews of seven prominent directors, and 14 great actors, of the genre, then Film Reviews of the best examples. In all, there are 123 films. There are nine subjects the films lie within: Edo Era (seven films; pre-1868); Meiji Era to early Showa Era (18 films; 1868-1945); Postwar Period (30 films; 1945-1975);…

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  • A Homance

    1

  • Abashiri Prison

    2

  • Prison Walls of Abashiri 3

    3

  • Adrenaline Drive

    4

  • Tough Guy

    5

  • American Yakuza

    6

  • The Big Boss

    7

  • End of Our Own Real

    8

  • Big Time Gambling Boss

    9

  • Sympathy for the Underdog

    10

  • Gambler's Farewell

    11

  • Blood

    12

  • Like a Rolling Stone

    13

  • Brother

    14

  • Outlaw: Gangster VIP

    15

  • Two Punks

    16

  • Chinpira

    17

  • Eighteen Years in Prison

    18

  • Chuji's Travel Diary I: Koshu tate hen

    19

  • Chuji's Travel Diary II: Story of Bloody Shinshu

    20

  • Chuji's Travel Diary III: The Chuji Patrol Episode

    21

  • Dead or Alive

    22

  • Freeze Me

    23

  • The Revenge: A Scar That Never Disappears

    24

  • Full Metal Yakuza

    25

  • Sleepless Town

    26

  • The Outer Way

    27

  • Street Mobster

    28

  • Rainy Dog

    29

  • Yakuza Ladies

    30

  • Fudoh: The New Generation

    31

  • Gonin

    32

  • Flower, Storm and Gangster

    33

  • The Flower and the Angry Waves

    34

  • The Stairway to the Distant Past

    35

  • Hoodlum Soldier

    36

  • Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Match

    37

  • Red Peony Gambler: Here to Kill You

    38

  • Tattooed Life

    39

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    40

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima

    41

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War

    42

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Police Tactics

    43

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode

    44

  • Graveyard of Honor

    45

  • Life of Hishakaku

    46

  • Deadly Outlaw: Rekka

    47

  • Eleven Gangsters

    48

  • Kamikaze Taxi

    49

  • Kanto Wanderer

    50

  • Afraid To Die

    51

  • Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!! The Heist

    52

  • Pale Flower

    53

  • Succession

    54

  • Kids Return

    55

  • Boys Be Ambitious

    56

  • Bonds

    57

  • Ichi the Killer

    58

  • Kunisada Chūji

    59

  • Velvet Hustler

    60

  • Black Angel

    61

  • The Wanderers

    62

  • Blood of Revenge

    63

  • Minazuki

    64

  • Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion

    65

  • An Outlaw

    66

  • Ley Lines

    67

  • Japan Organised Crime Boss

    68

  • No Way Back

    69

  • Nobody

    70

  • Five Men of Edo

    71

  • Onibi: The Fire Within

    72

  • Pornostar

    73

  • Ryuji

    74

  • Another Battle

    75

  • Graveyard of Honor

    76

  • Another Lonely Hitman

    77

  • Shinjuku Triad Society

    78

  • Serpent's Path

    79

  • Eyes of the Spider

    80

  • Sonatine

    81

  • Boiling Point

    82

  • Tokyo Mafia: Yakuza Wars

    83

  • Tokyo Drifter

    84

  • Unlucky Monkey

    85

  • The Most Terrible Time in My Life

    86

  • Young Boss

    87

  • My Grandpa

    88

  • Wild Life

    89

  • Youth of the Beast

    90

  • The Yakuza

    91

  • Yakuza's Law

    92

  • Yakuza Graveyard

    93

  • The Yakuza Way

    94

  • The Tattooed Hit Man

    95

  • Drunken Angel

    96

  • The Man in White

    97

  • The Tale of Zatoichi

    98