Battles Without Honor and Humanity [Blu-ray/DVD] [Blu-ray] [1973]

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Special Features

  • Brand new Audio Commentary by critic and author Stuart Galbraith IV
  • Original trailers for all five films
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
  • Yakuza Graveyard - a new interview with Takashi Miike about Kinji Fukasaku and the yakuza film genre


Battles Without Honor and Humanity
Kinji Fukasaku directed this powerful and uncompromising look at the deadly stakes of life among the Yakuza -- the Japanese Mafia. Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) is a former Japanese soldier who, following his nation's defeat in World War II, finds himself in a prison cell in Hiroshima on a murder charge. While behind bars, Hirono gains a loyal friend in fellow criminal Wagasugi (Tatsuo Umemiya), and upon his release Hirono joins Wagasugi in an underworld gang. What starts as a seemingly easy way to earn some quick money becomes something darker and bloodier as Wagasugi and his comrades fall into a violent street war against another mob faction that grows into a long-standing feud. Jingi Naki Tatakai (aka The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor and Humanity) was the first in a series of five successful crime films from Fukasaku. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bunta Sugawara
    Bunta Sugawara - Shozo Hirono
  • Hiroki Matsukata
    Hiroki Matsukata - Tetsuya Sakai
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    Tatsuo Umemiya - Hiroshi Wakasugi
  • Tsunehiko Watase
    Tsunehiko Watase - Toshio Arita
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    Nobuo Kaneko - Yamamori

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