Terror of Yakuza
May 20, 2022 7:00 pm
Friday, May 20 at 7 pm
A fictionalized depiction of the fourth Okinawa War (still ongoing at the time of the film’s release), Terror of Yakuza situates the yakuza conflict in the days following Okinawa’s reversion, when encroaching mainland gangs wanted in on a piece of the action. Banned from release in Okinawa, director Sadao Nakajima’s Terror of Yakuza features a psychotically unhinged performance from the late Sonny Chiba and would trigger a string of Okinawan-shot productions in the years to come. Cultural critic Isao Nakazato would later write that, “the struggle of Okinawa is represented in the blood feud” of Nakajima’s ripped-from-the-headlines classic.
Dir. Sadao Nakajima, 1976, 96 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with live English subtitles. With Sonny Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata, Tsunehiko Watase.
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Image: Terror of Yakuza © 1976 Toei
Visions of Okinawa: Cinematic Reflections is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a generous gift from The Globus Family.
Special Thanks to Alex Zahlten; Bob Hunter (Icarus Films); Go Takamine; Mark Johnson (Harvard Film Archive); Mayumi Miyoshi (Oshima Productions); Tomoko Takedani Sater; Sachiko Sone (Parco); Shiori Takata (Toei); Yoshio Yasui (Kobe Planet Film Archive).
Japan Society Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, David Toberisky, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.