• Yakuza Soldier  1965
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Yakuza Soldier  1965

"Heitai yakuza"

aka:The Hoodlum Soldier


Director: Yasuzô Masumura

Cast: Shintarô Katsu, Takahiro Tamura, Eiko Taki

Based on a novel by Yorichika Arima and the first in a nine-part series (eight from 1965 to 1968 and a final film released in 1972), Heitai Yakuza has elements of a typical service comedy, Japan division, including all-in brawls featuring star Shintaro Katsu, that made the film a crowd-pleasing hit. But scriptwriter Ryuzo Kikushima and director Yasuzo Masumura also incorporated a penetrating critique of the Imperial Army in wartime, especially the tyranny of the stronger over the weaker - and the brutal punishments meted out to those who deviated from the norm (or even those who didn't).

1965 BLK/WHT Anamorphic Widescreen 103 Min.

Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.