|GANG vs. GANG|
Director: Teruo Ishii
Cast: Koji Tsuruta, Tetsuro Tamba, Tatsuo Umemiya
in the early 1960's Director Teruo Ishii was Toei's main purveyor of modern-day yakuza pictures set in the pre-war era.
The plot opens as our hero (Tsuruta) comes out of prison, having served time by taking the blame for a fellow gang member's crime. However, his former gang seems to have gone to seed, becoming a sort of "has-been" and no longer what they used to be, with people now killing each other and dealing in drugs.
The hero then teams up with a lone operator (Tamba) who specializes in shaking down gangsters. Together they trace an opium refinery in Kakone and face the evil gangsters in a gun-battle on the slopes of a steep mountain, providing the kind of rural setting for his urban yakuza that was Ishii's trademark.
1962 BLK&WHT - 16:9 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN 91 Min.
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.