One of the greatest yakuza films ever made, a gorgeous, obsessive blend of Jean-Pierre Melville and GUN CRAZY. Emotionless killer Ryo Ikebe gets out of prison and heads straight for the gambling parlors – where he runs into thrill-seeking Mariko Kaga, looking like Audrey Hepburn’s twisted sister. Together the two drag-race across the Tokyo underworld, accompanied by composer Toru Takemitsu's amazing gangster score.
This rarely screened crime drama from director Yasuharu Hasebe features noir-ish B&W cinematography, distinctive set design and a number of bravura action sequences. Three brothers (Joe Shishido, Tatsuya Fuji and Jirô Okazaki) go to war with their former gang after the youngest is beaten up and their nightclub is trashed. An old friend remains on the other side – but no one is safe from the volley of bullets as each faction tries to settle the score. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Gene Hackman plays an ex-football-star-turned-private eye whose life unravels when he finds his wife (Susan Clark) has been unfaithful. Adding to Hackman’s midlife crisis, his job finding a missing teenager (a young Melanie Griffith) goes abruptly sour in a nightmarish labyrinth of betrayals and sudden death, crafted by screenwriter Alan Sharp. With Jennifer Warren.