DVD Review – Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

Yakuza Apocalypse, 2015.

Directed by Takashi Miike.

Starring Denden, Lily Franky, Hayato Ichihara, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Masanori Mimoto, Riko Narumi, Yayan Ruhian, and Raiko Takashima.


A Yakuza Vampire boss is betrayed by members of his clan, and is consequently killed; the duty befalls onto his most loyal protégé to take revenge, and to comply with the vampiric-lore.

Bursting from the opening shot there unfolds a gory bloodbath of torsos slashed violently by the vampiric crime lord himself Kamiura (Lily Frankie). Once the massacre has ceased, the film may separate the audience into two camps: aficionados of Miike’s oeuvre will highly appreciate this introduction, and newcomers may be stunned in paralysis, uncertain if they picked up the right Blu-ray. Those in the latter camp needn’t fret, for the film does calm down for a bit afterwards.

Kageyama (Hayato Ichihara) admires the Yakuza lifestyle, and is convinced this will grant him the pathway to manhood.
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