Cops vs. Thugs [DVD] [1975]

Kino has given Cops Vs. Thugs a decent if somewhat basic treatment on DVD with this disc. The anamorphic, widescreen video transfer has strong detail but the colors seem a bit faded. The mono Japanese soundtrack acquits itself just fine and the English subtitles are both legible and well-paced. Unfortunately, this disc comes up short in the area of extras. There are two trailers -- one for Cops Vs. Thugs, the other for Yakuza Graveyard -- and a brief image gallery. There is no commentary track and no interviews to put the film in context or explain the importance of Fukasaku as a filmmaker. It's a shame that a little more effort wasn't expended on what could have been a major title. That said, fans will be happy to see the film with a quality widescreen transfer and this disc is a significant improvement on a prior British edition that many fans had to settle for in the past. Ultimately, this disc offers a decent way to get acquainted with Cops Vs. Thugs but little else.
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Special Features

  • Original Japanese trailers
  • Stills gallery
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Enhanced for 16x9 TVs


Cops vs. Thugs
The director of Battle Royale and The Yakuza Papers delivers yet another gritty yakuza masterpiece in this brutal tale of two warring underworld factions determined to gain ultimate power over Kurashima City. The year is 1963, and the delicate balance of power in Kurashima City is shakily maintained between two warring factions. The political influence of the Kawade gang helps to legitimize the vicious group's lucrative rackets scheme, and the uneasy alliance shared between their rivals the Ohara gang and the corrupt local police force ensures that neither gang gets too much power. When the lure of some valuable waterfront property becomes too much for the Ohara boss to resist, however, the volatile standoff receives just the catalyst needed to spark a vicious bloodbath between the gangsters, cops, and politicians all looking to come out on top. The all-seeing eye of the horrific hurricane of violence, Detective Kuno of the Kurashima City Violence Squad remains torn by his childhood allegiance with a powerful yakuza kingpin and the increasing pressure from his reform-minded superiors to keep the city streets safe for the frightened citizens. An inherently decent man who recognizes the code of ethics on both sides of the law, Detective Kuno's itchy trigger finger finds him falling down an ever-darker path as he coolly plays both sides by walking a line that could be pulled out from under him at any moment. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bunta Sugawara
    Bunta Sugawara - Det. Kuno
  • Image coming soon
    Seizo Fukumoto
  • Image coming soon
    Nobuo Kaneko
  • Hiroki Matsukata
    Hiroki Matsukata

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