History Film / BattlesWithoutHonorAndHumanity

27th Apr '16 8:37:17 PM SmytheOrdo
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* CrapsackWorld: Japan, post-war, is portrayed as chaotic, lawless place, where a man can't walk down the street without risk to his safety and well being. Even in his own home, he may be shot in his sleep. The Yakuza have politicians in their pocket, and the police are initially at a loss to keep up

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* CrapsackWorld: Japan, post-war, is portrayed as chaotic, lawless place, where a man can't walk down the street without risk to his safety and well being. Even in his own home, he may be shot in his sleep. The Yakuza have politicians in their pocket, and the police are initially at a loss to keep upup. By the end of the series, things have gotten better for Japan as a whole, but there are still indications that the Yakuza are just as disadvantaged yet backstabbing as when they began.
10th Mar '16 11:31:53 PM SmytheOrdo
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* EnemyCivilWar: "Proxy wars" have smaller subfactions of the bigger Yakuza gangs battling it out for supremacy.


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* SupportingProtagonist: Shozo is this in the second and first half of the final film.
10th Mar '16 11:28:21 PM SmytheOrdo
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* InstantDeathBullet: A very notable {{Aversion}}. One shot sends most Yakuza fleeing and bleeding, and even after two or three they are writhing in agony and screaming in pain before finally expiring. Especially apparent in the fourth film.


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* LastOfTheirKind: Shozo Hirono and Takeda are very much the last of the old school "shogun" yakuza by the end of the film series.
10th Mar '16 5:50:51 PM SmytheOrdo
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* LoanShark: The first death in ''Final Episode'' is one of these.
29th Feb '16 9:45:08 PM SmytheOrdo
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* BloodKnight: Shoji Yamanaka. Spends the entire film begging to kill Katsutoshi Otomo. He doesn't. Eventually his Blood Knight behavior makes him kill the wrong man out of delusion that his fiance is cheating with his friend from prison. This ultimately leads to him getting a stakeout put on him and him committing suicide.
29th Feb '16 9:37:50 PM SmytheOrdo
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* SequelEscalation: The third movie is all about this. Since the movies were no longer based off newspaper articles, Fukusaku could explore a more indepth story. The story uses the 1964 Tokyo Olympics as a backdrop and key plot point, the events are more spread out, there are almost Jacobean levels of personal drama, and more time is spent on trying to parallel the yakuza struggles with "actual" history.
29th Feb '16 9:30:08 PM SmytheOrdo
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* OvertookTheSeries: In that the films were no longer BasedOnATrueStory after the second. This actually was a good thing, since Fukusaku and Koichi Iibochi were allowed to up the stakes.
29th Feb '16 6:00:10 PM SmytheOrdo
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* TheRedStapler: After the film's success, Hiroshima dialect as spoken by the yakuza in the film became "hip" among Japanese teens and young adults.
29th Feb '16 5:57:07 PM SmytheOrdo
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* {{Applicability}}: The film's themes of the poor eating their own under unfair economic conditions are seen as case study in "trickle-down" economics by film academics.
29th Feb '16 5:39:36 PM SmytheOrdo
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* AteHisGun: "Born loser" Shoji Yamanaka in the second film.
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