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Hiroshima Death Match (1973)

Hiroshima shitô hen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 April 1973 (Japan)
A young criminal joins a yakuza family to kill the gangsters who beat him up, but falls in love with his boss' widow niece, piling up enemies and corpses along his wayward way.

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Writers:

Koichi Iiboshi (story), Kazuo Kasahara (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bunta Sugawara ... Shozo Hirono
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Katsutoshi Otomo (as Sonny Chiba)
Meiko Kaji ... Uehara Yasuko
Shingo Yamashiro Shingo Yamashiro ... Shoichi Eda
Hiroshi Nawa Hiroshi Nawa ... Muraoka Tsuneo
Mikio Narita Mikio Narita ... Matsunaga Hiroshi
Gin Maeda Gin Maeda ... Shimada Koichi
Toshie Kimura ... Mrs. Yamamori
Junko Matsudaira Junko Matsudaira ... Bar Hostess
Yoshi Katô Yoshi Katô ... Choji Otomo
Eizô Kitamura Eizô Kitamura ... Ishida Eisuke
Akira Shioji Akira Shioji ... Buddhist Priest
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Keisuke Nakahara
Nobuo Yana Nobuo Yana ... Takuya Asano
Hôsei Komatsu Hôsei Komatsu
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Storyline

A young criminal joins a yakuza family to kill the gangsters who beat him up, but falls in love with his boss' widow niece, piling up enemies and corpses along his wayward way.

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Action | Crime | Drama | History

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 1973 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Fight in Hiroshima See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Pays tribute to Tokyo Drifter (1966); in the scene when Yamanaka is laying low in Shozo's turf, a jazzy version of the theme song from Tokyo Drifter plays in the background. All the while Shozo is advising Yamanaka he should hide in Toyko to avoid the conflict between the two warring clans of Hiroshima - strongly similar to the story plot in Tokyo Drifter. The scene ends with Yamanaka's boss calling to give him one final mission to set him up, similar to how Tetsu's boss calls his partner to rub out Tetsu in Tokyo Drifter. See more »

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Katsutoshi Otomo: We live to eat nice foods and sleep with girls. What's wrong about earning some money too?
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Deliriously anarchic crime drama
11 September 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

The focus of this highly engaging second installment is Kin'ya Kitaoji's "Shoji Yamanaka" character, a brooding, shy, impulsive man who places the highest premium on his love for his boss's niece, a humble, passionate woman who vows to wait for him when he is incarcerated for a series of brutal murders.

The political machinations of the yakuza world provide bloody, non-stop thrills in this deliriously anarchic crime drama that is never less than fascinating for its attention to personal details and vivid pictorial exploration of a criminal, country-wide hornet's nest.

Despite the impressive performance of Sonny Chiba as an ultra-psychotic "torpedo" and the weighty presence of Bunta Sagawara (who takes a back seat in this episode), the film does belong to Fukomoto. His turn as Yamanaka is extraordinary and he makes us empathize with the character. Fukasaku's handling of the romance is deft and touching without ever becoming cloying.

Once again, the action sequences are brutal and unforgiving and the camera-work by Sadaji Yoshida is, at times, mesmerizing. The film's final twenty minutes, where Yamanaka is hunted in the rainy laneways of Hiroshima, are quite beautiful.

A plaudit should also go to composer Toshiaki Tsushima who delivers a driving, organic, highly memorable score.

Another triumph.


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