Kinji Fukasaku

Birthdate : (3 July 1930 – 12 January 2003)
Birth Place : Mito, Ibaraki

Ignored during a long time by the foreign critics, Fukasaku’s work is finally celebrated with retrospectives at major film festivals. Fukasaku was born in Mito, the youngest of five children. His favorite films were French (Duvivier, Renoir, Feyder). He entered Toei as an assistant directot in 1953. He directed in first full length feature (hakuchu no buraiban) 8 years later. His follow up film, Wolves Pigs and Men has clearly been the main source of inspiration of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. In 1967, Fukasaku went to Shochiku. He made several non yakuza films, including the Black Lizard, Black Rose, The green Slime and the successful Tora Tora Tora. Back at Toei in 1972, he worked with Bunta Sugawara on several hits like Street Mobster. Koji Shundo, producer asked Fukasaku to direct a film based on the memoirs of a former gang boss of Hiroshima. This gave birth to the fantastic Battles without Honor series. He also made other yakuza hits like Graveyard of Honor in 1975, Yakuza burial in 1976 before the jitsuroku eiga boom ended.

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New Battles Without Honor and Humanity pt.1

new battle without honor

Gamblers in Okinawa (1971)

Bakuto gaijin butai-sympathy for the underdog

Battles Without Honor and Humanity pt. 5: Final Episode (1974)

Battles Without Honor and Humanity 5 Final Episode

The Shogun’s Samurai (1978)

Shoguns Samurai

Battles Without Honor and Humanity pt.4 : Police Tactics (1974)

Battles Without Honor and Humanity

Battles Without Honor and Humanity pt.3 : Proxy War (1973)

Battles Without Honor and Humanity 3 Proxy War

Wolves, Pigs and Men (1964)

wolves pigs men