Jingi naki tatakai

1973 [JAPANESE]

Action / Crime / Drama

3
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 3431

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Japanese 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 39 min
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Reviewed by K_Todorov 9 / 10

A violent, bloody masterpiece

I don't get what's with those people who think "Battles Without Honor Or Humanity" has something to do with "The Godfather". The only notable similarity is that both delve into the criminal underworlds. But so what ? "The Godfather" didn't invent this genre. Furthermore the story in "Battles" was adapted from newspaper articles describing various yakuza activities. What Kinji Fukasaku created is a brilliant, violent tale about the dark and unforgiving nature of the Japanese crime syndicates it is also a story about friendship and betrayal.

This is a tale about a group of young men who after the end of the Second World War find themselves outcasts from society, under pursuit by the authorities. They inevitably bond together and form a new crime syndicate under the leadership of boss Yamamoto. As their organization grows in power so do the internal struggles between them begin to escalate. Slowly, either from pure greed and the corruption of power or by Yamamoto's careful manipulations. It's hard not to draw comparison with "Battle Royale" Fukusako's most notable film released in the late nineties. Both present a similar in a way situation: friends fight friends for their own survival.The only difference being that here that is done in a much more subtle way. But the elements are still the same, characters are likable well fleshed-out and the viewer is thrown into an internal struggle of his own when he sees them killing each other. Fukasaku's type of narration is one that involves multiple points of view, we don't have such a strong focus on main character as most movies do, there is one of course Shozo Hirono (played by the ever great Bunta Sugawara) but he serves the role of executing the movie's catharsis, he is the one who becomes a witness to all the madness and senseless killings and it is his final actions that define that, his realization and his rebellion to it all, his final display of grief to friends lost for nothing.

The acting is superb on all fronts, with a diverse cast of characters who offer a different perspective with their own point of view. Fukasaku demonstrates his great skill as a director, his technique perfectly fitting to the movie's tone. By using a fast-paced, erratic, nearly chaotic style the action scenes offer us that taste of brutality we wouldn't have felt had they been directed in a more traditional manner. Fukasaku strays from the established formula of people getting killed fast and easy with one or two bullets instead he shows us an alternative to that : a slow, painful exercise, one that more accurately portrays the yakuza's violent lifestyle. Yet there are no large body counts, the battles are often predetermined with one side attacking an individual or small group from the other, by surprise and in overwhelming force. There really is no honor in the Japanese underworld.

"Battles Without Honor Or Humanity" is the epitome of humanity's own self-destructive nature. The one that drives us to aim for a higher financial and social standing on any means. With no regard for friends, family, honor or trust.

Reviewed by 39-0-13 6 / 10

Not a film series for all tastes.

A lot of praise for this series of films from many posters, I see, but let me say that I can't recommend it for all of you. Yes, there's a bunch of good stuff here for the Yakuza film fans and the action film fans. The violence in this set of films would make the Droogs of the Ken Russell world very happy.

Yet, let me emphasize that this movie and the sequels cannot stand up to all tastes. Don't cook your popcorn and sit down to see the entire series -- unless you have great tolerance for repetition of story lines over the course of five films averaging a hour and three quarters each. Or unless you have a very effective fast forward button.

Not everyone one is going to appreciate the continual return of the same basic themes over and over again through the course of five films which seem to share the same internal rhythms of action and talk. When you think about what you see, you realize you see the action/violence scenes are crafted the same way and the consultation scenes too.

A bunch of guys sitting down and making plans, or a couple of guys talking under the influence of alcohol again and again. Then, the explosion of violence with what seems a hand held camera, shuttling here and there in frenzied fashion. Yes, it is effective in terms of visceral response, but it's done again and again. So you wonder after awhile how many shots does it take to kill a guy. None of these bad guys seem to know how to shoot an enemy in the head. Or, they are the poorest marksmen in the world. The director just keeps repeating the same techniques.

After awhile, it all gets a little tiresome. These guys spend a lot of time repeating themselves. Yes, there is one central character whose fate you might be compelled to follow since he is there from the end of WW2 to 1970 or so (when the series ends) despite the fact that he is off scene for many parts of this series because he is serving time in prison.

The lead actor is named Bunta S., and he does a good job. Not quite like Mifune, of course, but why did Japanese actors in this era have to act like Dick Tracy's Blowtop (remember him from the comic strips?) Was this the ideal image of Manly Bossdom? Oh, forget about any meaningful female character. This is a man's world here.

Anyway, lots of Yakuza lore in this movie, including the tattoos, and if you like that, fine. But consider that the new ranks of the gangsters are depicted as thugs with little brains for the present and no respect for past traditions.

At the end, we get no real resolution. Retirement? You really think?

Reviewed by dbborroughs 8 / 10

Great Tale of No Honor Among Thieves

Based on a true story Battles Without Honor is a kick ass trip through the rise of the yakuza in post war Japan. Beginning in 1945 and traveling through the next 12 or so years this is the tale of a group of friends who come together in order to survive the cruelties of post-war, and post-bomb Japan and then spend the next decade killing each other as they change sides in a perpetual gang war.

This film has just about everything. Moments of violence, hysterical comedy (The finger), drama, and there is even hints of romance as a moll tries to hide her beau. Its brutal and nasty and probably very close to reality.

Some reviews paint this as having come in the wake of the Godfather, but while that may have gotten the movie made, the tone is different. There is no honor, there is no loyalty, there is only violence, violence and more violence, usually ex-friend on ex-friend. Despite there being "gangs" its really everyman for himself. American and European films of the same period often painted things as much less cut throat and that there really was familial loyalty, that idea is somewhat alien here as people switched sides if it kept them alive.

This is a near perfect film in many ways. It picks you up from the opening minutes and carries you along to the end. Its wonderfully of a time and place and extremely well acted all around.

There are only two problems which are minor. First, I think the film requires a bit more familiarity with what was going on in Japan post war. While I have had some knowledge of that, I was a tad lost at the start since I wasn't instantly aware of what I was seeing. The second minor flaw is that its jump through time story telling can be a bit disorienting. Its not that the plot threads are lost, its just that it takes a minute to know who the older people are.

Over all a great film.

8 out of 10, although it probably should be 9 out of 10, since I'm just in a down mood.

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