The 25 Best Yakuza Films of All Time

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Organized crime in Japan has always bordered on the affected and the legitimate. Historically, the origin of such syndicates emerged from the Edo Period when gamblers and shady merchants began forming factions. Such petty activities would become more structured until finally progressing to the administrative.

The height of the yakuza’s violence followed the Second World War as group after group fought for power and territory through bribery, corruption, and betrayal.

As of the past thirty years or so, the yakuza have become more insidious as a result of anti-gang laws in Japan. In cinema however, the mythology of the yakuza enjoys an enduring fascination. Hence, to follow, are twenty-five of the greatest of these films ranging from stylistic antiheroic tales to the gritty realism of the amoral and corrupt.

Read more: http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2016/the-25-best-yakuza-films-of-all-time/#ixzz4KWaJkru4

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    Yoidore tenshi

    1948 — a.k.a. Drunken Angel, in 7 top lists Check
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    Bakuto gaijin butai

    1971 — a.k.a. Gamblers in Okinawa, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shussho Iwai

    1971 — a.k.a. The Wolves, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kawaita hana

    1964 — a.k.a. Pale Flower, in 6 top lists Check
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    Koroshi no rakuin

    1967 — a.k.a. Branded to Kill, in 8 top lists Check
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    Jingi naki tatakai

    1973 — a.k.a. Battles Without Honor and Humanity, in 3 top lists Check
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    Jingi no hakaba

    1975 — a.k.a. Graveyard of Honor, in 2 top lists Check
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    Koruto wa ore no pasupooto

    1967 — a.k.a. A Colt Is My Passport, in 3 top lists Check
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    Bôryoku gai

    1974 — a.k.a. Violent Streets, in 1 top list Check
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    Koroshiya 1

    2001 — a.k.a. Ichi the Killer, in 5 top lists Check
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    Sonachine

    1993 — a.k.a. Sonatine, in 10 top lists Check
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    Irezumi ichidai

    1965 — a.k.a. Tattooed Life, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota

    1972 — a.k.a. Street Mobster, in 1 top list Check
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    Hiroshima shitô hen

    1973 — a.k.a. Hiroshima Death Match, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nora inu

    1949 — a.k.a. Stray Dog, in 9 top lists Check
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    Yajû no seishun

    1963 — a.k.a. Youth of the Beast, in 3 top lists Check
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    Autoreiji

    2010 — a.k.a. The Outrage, in 0 top lists Check
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    Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana

    1976 — a.k.a. Yakuza Graveyard, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu

    2003 — a.k.a. Gozu, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô nagaremono

    1966 — a.k.a. Tokyo Drifter, in 6 top lists Check
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    Kuroi kawa

    1957 — a.k.a. Black River, in 1 top list Check
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    Kutabare akutô-domo - Tantei jimusho 23

    1963 — a.k.a. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards, in 0 top lists Check
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    Inochi bô ni furô

    1971 — a.k.a. At the Risk of My Life, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki

    1989 — a.k.a. Violent Cop, in 4 top lists Check
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    Karakkaze yarô

    1960 — a.k.a. Afraid to Die, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Sep 17, 2016 by Kasparius; source