Hey everyone, I'll be showing the first two parts of director Kinji Fukasaku's "Battles Without Honor or Humanity" series. Don't worry, each film is complete onto itself, but seeing all 5 films will give you the full scope of the story. I'll schedule parts 3-5 at some later date. These films are based on the life and times of Kozo Mino, a Yakuza crime boss and has been compared favorablly to the American "Godfather" films.
Part one is "Battle Without Honor or Humanity". The year 1947: In the teeming black markets of postwar Japan, Shozo Hirono and his buddies find themselves in a new war between factious and ambitious yakuza. After joining boss Yamamori, Shozo is drawn into a feud with his sworn brother's family, the Dios. That's when the chivalry ends and the hypocrisy, betrayal, and assassinations begin. This film is 99 minutes.
Part 2 is "Fight to the Death at Hiroshima." The Year 1952: Repeatedly beat to a pulp by gamblers, cops, and gangsters, lone wolf Shoju Yamanaka finally finds a home as a Muroka family hit man and falls in love with boss Muroka's niece. Meanwhile the ambitions of mad dog Katsutoshi Otomo (Sonny Chiba) draws our series' hero Shozo Hirono into a new round of bloodshed. This film is 100 minutes.
Coming soon: Part 3: "Proxy War", Part 4 "Police Tactics", and Part 5 "Final Episode".
Feel free to bring a drink or a snack to share. We'll order some pizzas before the films. Hope to see you there!