|Jingi naki tatakai: Chojo sakusen (Combat sans code d'honneur) - Kinji Fukasaku (1973)|
After discovering Shin Sang-ok, an unknown Korean filmmaker, the Lumiere Festival has continued its exploration of Asian cinema, taking a look at a very specific genre, which has influenced a great many contemporary filmmakers, from Quentin Tarantino to Takeshi Kitano or the screen writer Paul Schrader (author of Yakuza, directed by Sydney Pollack in 1974) – the Yakuza films, known as Yakuza Eiga. The sixties were this genre’s golden age (with numerous productions from the TOEI studios), but typical yakuza themes may still be found in contemporary Japanese cinema - honour, thirst for power or vengeance, gangsters caught in the conflict between self-interest and duty and organised crime, etc.
Japanese style gangster films!
“Yakuza films help us to see into the innermost foundations of Japanese society” Tadao Sato
“The films in themselves always got a bad press from critics and academics, who looked down on them condescendingly. However, as soon as the great producers of Hollywood such as Howard Hawks and John Ford took a more kindly look at these films, yakuza films started to rise in the esteem of both critics and the directors of Japanese gangster films.” Mark Schilling
This retrospective will be presented by Yves Montmayeur, specialist of the genre and director of the documentary Yakuza Eiga, a history of the cinema yakuza (2008).
Kawaita hana directed by Masahiro Shinoda, 1964.
Bakuto gaijin butai directed by Kinji Fukasaku, 1971 - New copy.
Jingi naki tatakai directed by Kinji Fukasaku, 1973 - New copy.
Kenkei tai soshiki Boryoku directed by Kinji Fukasaku - 1975.
Gokudô no onna-tachi directed by Hideo Gosha,1986 - New copy.
|Bakuto gaijin butai (Guerre des gangs à Okinawa) - Kinji Fukasaku (1971)|