Film

Blood of Revenge
FILM

Blood of Revenge

明治俠客伝 三代目襲名 (Meiji kyokyakuden: Sandaime shumei)
Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blood of Revenge © 1965 Toei Co., Ltd.



1965, 91 min., 16 mm., color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Tai Kato. With Koji Tsuruta, Junko Fuji, Kanjuro Arashi, Masahiko Tsugawa. Print courtesy of The Japan Foundation.

"An absolutely standard period yakuza movie."--Time Out Film Guide

The outstanding performance by Koji Tsuruta, the yakuza genre's first star, is the most commanding reason to see this film, in addition to über-stylist Kato's masterly and distinctive mise en scène. Osaka, 1907: Asajiro (Tsuruta) lives between a rock and a hard place: he has to keep his business clean and running, tame his late oyabun's hot-blooded son and suffer the throes of his impossible love for beautiful geisha Hatsue (Junko Fuji). Life is tough, but misdeeds will not remain unavenged and trickling blood will swell to a flood, of course.

Part of the Globus Film Series:
Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence


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