Cops Vs. Thugs

Cops Vs. Thugs

県警対組織暴力 (Kenkei tai soshiki boryoku)
Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cops Vs. Thugs © 1975 Toei Co., Ltd.

1975, 100 min., 35 mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Kinji Fukasaku. With Bunta Sugawara, Seizo Fukumoto, Reiko Ike, Nobuo Kaneko, Yoko Koizumi. Print courtesy of The Japan Foundation.

"Fukasaku at the peak of his powers."--Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp, The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Cinema

With this film, which has all the grunting doggedness of the real thing, Fukasaku puts the spotlight on the forces of grand corruption and the ferocious business of butting heads with the law. 1963: The Kurashima City police have spent the past seven years eradicating the yakuza gangs, at the root of much mayhem. The last two remaining gangs, Ohara and Kawade, are in tatters, with the Ohara boss in prison. But with the police force full of corrupt officers, the gangs begin to prosper once again. Soon it's not only Cops vs. Thugs, but Thugs vs. Thugs and Cops vs. Cops. With genre supremo Bunta Sugawara as a police detective who makes Dirty harry look like a rent-a-cop.

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

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