|Okinawa Yakuza War|
Okinawa Yakuza senso
Director: Sadao Nakajima
Cast: Sonny Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata, Shizumi Shindo
Set in 1971, the year before the reversion of Okinawa to Japan. Two plots mingle, one featuring a conflict between local and mainland yakuza gangs, and the other an internal struggle within the Okinawa gang itself. Made with a documentary touch, this film also offers a fascinating glimpse of Japanís gaze on America formed through the filter of Okinawa.
This film was initially banned in Okinawa because it was feared it would incite too much interest in the local yakuza or reignite the too recently historical blood feud which the film exploits.
1976 Color Widescreen
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.