History Film / BattlesWithoutHonorAndHumanity

30th Aug '17 8:40:58 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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* GreaterScopeVillain: The Akashi family and Shinwa Group serve as this in ''Proxy War'', being Japan's biggest yakuza syndicates. Apparently the gang war in Hiroshima is just another flashpoint in the two gang's attempt to curb power for themselves across Japan.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: The Akashi family and Shinwa Group serve as this in ''Proxy War'', War'' and ''Police Tactics'', being Japan's biggest yakuza syndicates. Apparently the gang war in Hiroshima is just another flashpoint in the two gang's attempt gangs' attempts to curb power for themselves across Japan.
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* AxCrazy: Katsutoshi Otomo, played by SonnyChiba,in ''Hiroshima Death Match'' provides a realistic portrayal of this trope, being extremely histrionic and unstable.

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* AxCrazy: Katsutoshi Otomo, played by SonnyChiba,in SonnyChiba in ''Hiroshima Death Match'' provides a realistic portrayal of this trope, being extremely histrionic and unstable.



* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from the old Imperial Army make up the yakuza in these films, including Hirono.

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* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from the old Imperial Army WW2 vets make up the yakuza in these films, including Hirono.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Yamanaka at the start of ''Hiroshima Death Match'' is just a broke ButtMonkey. By the end he's a suicidal, bordeline insane hitman.
* GenreDeconstruction: This series deconstructs everything about the yakuza. Instead of the loyal brothers they were in older films, here they are conniving, greedy, vicious lying bastards, willing to sell their own sworn brothers down the river. The Yakuza code is portrayed as a joke, and every time honored tradition of the Yakuza is seen as outdated, foolish, or even just plain crazy. The main character is a man who actually wants to hearken back to the old ways and honors the code, but soon finds that such ideals have no place in the dirty world he finds himself in.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: Yamanaka at the start of ''Hiroshima Death Match'' is just a broke ButtMonkey. By the end he's a suicidal, bordeline borderline insane hitman.
* GenreDeconstruction: This series deconstructs everything about the yakuza. Instead of the loyal brothers they were in older films, here they are conniving, greedy, vicious lying bastards, willing to sell their own sworn brothers down the river. The Yakuza code is portrayed as a joke, and every time honored tradition of the Yakuza yakuza is seen as outdated, foolish, or even just plain crazy. The main character is a man who actually wants to hearken back to the old ways and honors the code, but soon finds that such ideals have no place in the dirty world he finds himself in.



* SmugSnake: Yamamori just oozes smug.

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* SmugSnake: Yamamori just oozes smug. Takeda is this as well, [[spoiler: until the end of ''Police Tactics''/.]]



* TropeMaker: For ''jitsuroku-eiga'', a deconstructive sub-genre of yakuza films that were far more cynical than 1960s ''ninkyo'' films which were filled with far more idealistic tales about honor, brotherhood, tradition, and loyalty for the gangs.

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* TropeMaker: For ''jitsuroku-eiga'', a deconstructive sub-genre of yakuza films that were far more cynical than 1960s ''ninkyo'' films which were filled with far more idealistic tales about honor, brotherhood, tradition, and loyalty for the gangs.loyalty.
21st Aug '17 10:22:17 AM KaijuDirectorOO7
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Ah, yes: the Yakuza film. A story about honor, brotherhood, tradition, and loyalty. Well that was until this film series came around. ''Battles Without Honor and Humanity'' [[note]]original Japanese title was ''Jingi Naki Tatakai''; it was marketed, in America, as ''The Yakuza Papers'', in Australia, as ''Tarnished Code of the Yakuza'', in Canada as ''Battles Without Honour and Humanity'', and elsewhere as ''War Without a Code''[[/note]] is a series of films, directed by Kinji Fukasaku, director of the Japanese portion of ''Film/ToraToraTora'' and ''Film/BattleRoyale''. They are set in post-war japan, just following the end of the war. In particularly, it centers on a certain former soldier, named Shozo Hirono (played by Bunta Sugawara), as he navigates the Yakuza underworld and claws his way to the top, surrounded by liars and schemers. The series is adapted from a series of newspaper articles, by journalist Kōichi Iiboshi, that were rewrites of a manuscript originally written by real-life Yakuza, Kōzō Minō, while he was in prison. giving the movies a documentary or biographical feel.

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Ah, yes: the Yakuza film. A story about honor, brotherhood, tradition, and loyalty. Well that was until this film series came around. ''Battles Without Honor and Humanity'' [[note]]original Japanese title was ''Jingi Naki Tatakai''; it was marketed, in America, as ''The Yakuza Papers'', in Australia, as ''Tarnished Code of the Yakuza'', in Canada as ''Battles Without Honour and Humanity'', and elsewhere as ''War Without a Code''[[/note]] is a series of films, directed by Kinji Fukasaku, director of the Japanese portion of ''Film/ToraToraTora'' and ''Film/BattleRoyale''. They are set in post-war japan, just following the end of the war. In particularly, it centers on a certain former soldier, named Shozo Hirono (played by Bunta Sugawara), as he navigates the Yakuza underworld and claws his way to the top, surrounded by liars and schemers. The series is adapted from a series of newspaper articles, by journalist Kōichi Iiboshi, that were rewrites of a manuscript originally written by real-life Yakuza, Kōzō Minō, while he was in prison. giving the movies a documentary or biographical feel.



* SleazyPolitician: Works with the yakuza from time to time. They even share drinks together. [[spoiler: Until the bosses decide to axe them when needed.]]

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* SleazyPolitician: Works Several work with the yakuza from time to time. They even share drinks together. [[spoiler: Until the bosses decide to axe them when needed.]]



* TropeMaker: For ''jitsuroku-eiga'', a deconstructive sub-genre of yakuza films that were far more cynical than 1960s ''ninkyo'' films which were filled with far more idealistic takes on yakuza.

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* TropeMaker: For ''jitsuroku-eiga'', a deconstructive sub-genre of yakuza films that were far more cynical than 1960s ''ninkyo'' films which were filled with far more idealistic takes on yakuza.tales about honor, brotherhood, tradition, and loyalty for the gangs.
17th Aug '17 8:49:54 AM KaijuDirectorOO7
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* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from the old Imperial Army make up the yakuza in these films, including Hirono. Additionally, a lot of old guard Hiroshima yakuza flock to the Tensei Coalition in ''Final Episode, with them serving as the higher-ups trying to keep the younger greasers from ruining their new reputation as "honest" citizens.

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* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from the old Imperial Army make up the yakuza in these films, including Hirono.
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Additionally, a lot of old guard Hiroshima yakuza flock to the Tensei Coalition in ''Final Episode, Episode'', with them serving as the higher-ups trying to keep the younger greasers from ruining their new reputation as "honest" citizens.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Despite being an absolute piece of shit and the least trust worthy character of them all, Yamamori survives the whole series. The worst he gets is one-and-a-half year of jail time at the end of the fourth movie, and he gets out on bail.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Despite being an absolute piece of shit and the least trust worthy slimiest character of them all, Yamamori survives the whole series. The worst he gets is one-and-a-half year of jail time at the end of the fourth movie, and he gets out on bail.]]



* TheAlocholic: After being released from his jail, Otomo is now perpetually this. [[spoiler: doesn't stop him from driving the Tensei Coalition to the brink of civil war.]]

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* TheAlocholic: TheAlcoholic: After being released from his jail, Otomo is now perpetually this. [[spoiler: doesn't Doesn't stop him from driving the Tensei Coalition to the brink of civil war.]]
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* ''Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Saga'', a 220-minute CompilationMovie released in 1980. Despite the title, Final Episode's storyline was not incorporated into the film.

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* ''Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Saga'', a 220-minute CompilationMovie released in 1980. Despite the title, Final Episode's the storyline in ''Final Episode'' was not incorporated into the film.



* LastOfTheirKind: [[spoiler: Hirono and Takeda]] are very much the last of the old school yakuza by the end of the first series. The rest are either rotting in the slammer, retired, or dead.

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* LastOfTheirKind: [[spoiler: Hirono and Takeda]] are very much the last of the old school yakuza by the end of the first series. The rest are either rotting in the slammer, retired, or dead.
13th Aug '17 9:04:59 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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* Greater-ScopeVillain: The Akashi family and Shinwa Group serve as this in ''Proxy War'', being Japan's biggest yakuza syndicates. Apparently the gang war in Hiroshima is just another flashpoint in the two gang's attempt to curb power for themselves across Japan.

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* Greater-ScopeVillain: GreaterScopeVillain: The Akashi family and Shinwa Group serve as this in ''Proxy War'', being Japan's biggest yakuza syndicates. Apparently the gang war in Hiroshima is just another flashpoint in the two gang's attempt to curb power for themselves across Japan.
13th Aug '17 9:03:58 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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* AxCrazy: Katsutoshi Otomo ,played by SonnyChiba, provides a realistic portrayal of this trope, being extremely histrionic and unstable.

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* AxCrazy: Katsutoshi Otomo ,played Otomo, played by SonnyChiba, SonnyChiba,in ''Hiroshima Death Match'' provides a realistic portrayal of this trope, being extremely histrionic and unstable.



* BloodKnight: Shoji Yamanaka. Spends the entire film begging to kill Katsutoshi Otomo. [[spoiler: He doesn't. Otomo is arrested for manslaughter instead. 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.]]

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* BloodKnight: Shoji Yamanaka. Spends the entire film begging to kill Katsutoshi Otomo. [[spoiler: He doesn't. Otomo is arrested for manslaughter instead. 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 This ultimately leads to him getting a stakeout put on him and him committing suicide.]]



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Once again, everybody is guilty of this. Bosses backstab their underlings, underlings backstab their bosses, underlings get backstabbed by the people they were backstabbing with...
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Despite being one of the more important secondary characters, Yamamori's wife is nowhere to be seen in the last movie.
* CombatPragmatist: There is no fair fight in any of these films. Its almost always somebody jumping somebody else.
* 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. 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.



* DoubleTap: Actually more like ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill. In this series, almost nobody gets shot just once. More like two to ten times. Justified, in that almost no one dies with one bullet, their guns ''frequently'' jam, and most of the cast prioritize getting the shots off over accuracy.



* EnemyCivilWar: ''Proxy War'' have smaller subfactions and allies of the bigger yakuza gangs battling it out for supremacy.

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* EnemyCivilWar: ''Proxy War'' have has smaller subfactions and allies of the bigger yakuza gangs battling it out for supremacy.supremacy.
* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from the old Imperial Army make up the yakuza in these films, including Hirono. Additionally, a lot of old guard Hiroshima yakuza flock to the Tensei Coalition in ''Final Episode, with them serving as the higher-ups trying to keep the younger greasers from ruining their new reputation as "honest" citizens.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Yamanaka at the start of ''Hiroshima Death Match'' is just a broke ButtMonkey. By the end he's a suicidal, bordeline insane hitman.



* DoubleTap: Actually more like ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill. In this series, almost nobody gets shot just once. More like two to ten times. Justified, in that almost no one dies with one bullet, and most of the cast prioritize getting the shots off over accuracy.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Once again, everybody is guilty of this. Bosses backstab their underlings, underlings backstab their bosses, underlings get backstabbed by the people they were backstabbing with...
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Despite being one of the more important secondary characters, Yamamori's wife is nowhere to be seen in the last movie.
* CombatPragmatist: There is no fair fight in any of these films. Its almost always somebody jumping somebody else.
* 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. 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.
* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from the old Imperial Army make up the yakuza in these films, including Hirono. Additionally, a lot of old guard Hiroshima yakuza flock to the Tensei Coalition in ''Final Episode, with them serving as the higher-ups trying to keep the younger greasers from ruining their new reputation as "honest" citizens.

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* DoubleTap: Actually more like ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill. In Greater-ScopeVillain: The Akashi family and Shinwa Group serve as this series, almost nobody gets shot just once. More like two to ten times. Justified, in that almost no one dies with one bullet, and most of the cast prioritize getting the shots off over accuracy.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Once again, everybody is guilty of this. Bosses backstab their underlings, underlings backstab their bosses, underlings get backstabbed by the people they were backstabbing with...
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Despite
''Proxy War'', being one of the more important secondary characters, Yamamori's wife is nowhere to be seen in the last movie.
* CombatPragmatist: There is no fair fight in any of these films. Its almost always somebody jumping somebody else.
* 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
Japan's biggest yakuza have politicians in their pocket, and syndicates. Apparently the police are initially at a loss to keep up. 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.
* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from the old Imperial Army make up the yakuza
gang war in these films, including Hirono. Additionally, a lot of old guard Hiroshima yakuza flock to is just another flashpoint in the Tensei Coalition in ''Final Episode, with them serving as the higher-ups trying two gang's attempt to keep the younger greasers from ruining their new reputation as "honest" citizens. curb power for themselves across Japan.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Despite being an absolute piece of shit and the least trust worthy character of them all, Yamamori survives the whole series. The worst he gets is one-and-a-half year jail time at the end of the fourth movie.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Despite being an absolute piece of shit and the least trust worthy character of them all, Yamamori survives the whole series. The worst he gets is one-and-a-half year of jail time at the end of the fourth movie.movie, and he gets out on bail.]]



* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. While the yakuza do use them, they are hard to hide, making knives more practical, and guns just work so much better. This is made apparent in the first film, where Hirono goes after a yakuza that is using one. [[spoiler: Hirono's answer? A pistol.]]
* LargerScopeVillain: The Akashi family and Shinwa Group serve as this in ''Proxy War'', being Japan's biggest yakuza syndicates. Apparently the gang war in Hiroshima is just another flashpoint in the two gang's attempt to curb power for themselves across Japan.
* LastOfTheirKind: [[spoiler: Hirono and Takeda]] are very much the last of the old school yakuza by the end of the first series. The rest are either rotting in the slammer again, retired, or dead

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* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. While the yakuza do use them, they are hard to hide, making knives and sharp sticks more practical, and guns just work so much better. better.(Most of the time.) This is made apparent in the first film, where Hirono goes after a yakuza that is using one. [[spoiler: Hirono's answer? A pistol.]]
* LargerScopeVillain: The Akashi family and Shinwa Group serve as this in ''Proxy War'', being Japan's biggest yakuza syndicates. Apparently
pistol shot to the gang war in Hiroshima is just another flashpoint in the two gang's attempt to curb power for themselves across Japan.
head.]]
* LastOfTheirKind: [[spoiler: Hirono and Takeda]] are very much the last of the old school yakuza by the end of the first series. The rest are either rotting in the slammer again, slammer, retired, or deaddead.



* SleazyPolitician: Works with the yakuza from time to time. They even share drinks together from time to time.

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* SleazyPolitician: Works with the yakuza from time to time. They even share drinks together from time together. [[spoiler: Until the bosses decide to time.axe them when needed.]]



* TookALevelInBadass: Hirono has to, if he wants to survive

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* TookALevelInBadass: Hirono has to, if he wants to surviveat the start, out of necessity. Yamanaka in the second film as well.
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** Otomo is also this in the same film. [[spoiler: He also still has it in the last one, but this is what gets him to get arrested a second time.]]



* CurbStompBattle: The civil war between the Sakai and Shinkai factions of the Yamaori family. The only losses on the Sakai side are the assassinations that start it, once it gets going all the casualties are on the Shinkai side with TheDragon, Arita getting arrested and Shinkai getting stabbed to death as he tries to flee spelling a quick end to the whole affair.

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* CurbStompBattle: The civil war between the Sakai and Shinkai factions of the Yamaori Yamamori family. The only losses on the Sakai side are the assassinations that start it, once it gets going all the casualties are on the Shinkai side with TheDragon, Arita getting arrested and Shinkai getting stabbed to death as he tries to flee spelling a quick end to the whole affair.



* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from Imperial Japan make up the yakuza in these films, including Hirono.
* GullibleLemmings: Poor Hirono was this in the first film, and spent years behind bars for it. Thankfully, he learned by the end of the film.

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* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from the old Imperial Japan Army make up the yakuza in these films, including Hirono.
Hirono. Additionally, a lot of old guard Hiroshima yakuza flock to the Tensei Coalition in ''Final Episode, with them serving as the higher-ups trying to keep the younger greasers from ruining their new reputation as "honest" citizens.
* GullibleLemmings: Poor Hirono was this in the first film, and spent years behind bars for it. Thankfully, he learned by the end of the film.end.



** [[spoiler: His wife, who loves to smack him around, also gets away pretty cleanly despite being a victim of ChuckCumminghamSyndrome.]]

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** [[spoiler: His wife, who loves to smack him around, also gets away pretty cleanly despite being a victim of ChuckCumminghamSyndrome.ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.]]



* LastOfTheirKind: [[spoiler: Hirono and Takeda]] are very much the last of the old school "shogun" yakuza by the end of the film series.

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* LargerScopeVillain: The Akashi family and Shinwa Group serve as this in ''Proxy War'', being Japan's biggest yakuza syndicates. Apparently the gang war in Hiroshima is just another flashpoint in the two gang's attempt to curb power for themselves across Japan.
* LastOfTheirKind: [[spoiler: Hirono and Takeda]] are very much the last of the old school "shogun" yakuza by the end of the film first series. The rest are either rotting in the slammer again, retired, or dead


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* TheAlocholic: After being released from his jail, Otomo is now perpetually this. [[spoiler: doesn't stop him from driving the Tensei Coalition to the brink of civil war.]]
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* ''Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Hiroshima Deathmatch'' (or ''Deathmatch in Hiroshima'')

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* ''Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Hiroshima Deathmatch'' Death Match'' (or ''Deathmatch ''Deadly Fight in Hiroshima'')




Following these films, Fukasaku directed yet a another series. These include:

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\n* ''Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Saga'', a 220-minute CompilationMovie released in 1980. Despite the title, Final Episode's storyline was not incorporated into the film.

Following these films, Fukasaku directed yet a Toei commissioned another series. These include:



* ''New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss's Last Days''
* ''Aftermath of Battles Without Honor and Humanity'', the series finale, a BigBudgetBeefUp directed by Eiichi Kudo instead of Fukusaku.

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* ''New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss's Last Days''
Days of the Boss''
* ''Aftermath of Battles Without Honor and Humanity'', the series finale, a BigBudgetBeefUp directed by Eiichi Kudo instead of Fukusaku.
Fukusaku

In 2000 and 2003, a new trilogy was released, with a similar title to the second trilogy, directed by Junji Sakamoto (the first film) and Hajime Hashimoto (the next two).[[note]]This where the track ''Battle Without Honor and Humanity'' from KillBill came from.[[/note]]
* ''New Battles Without Honor and Humanity''
* ''Battles Without Honor and Humanity/Murder''
* ''Battles Without Honor and Humanity Another Battle/Conspiracy''




* AteHisGun: [[spoiler: "Born loser" Shoji Yamanaka in the second film.]]

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* AteHisGun: [[spoiler: "Born loser" Shoji Yamanaka in at the end of the second film.]]



* BloodKnight: Shoji Yamanaka. Spends the entire film begging to kill Katsutoshi Otomo. [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler: This ultimately leads to him getting a stakeout put on him and him committing suicide.]]

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* BloodKnight: Shoji Yamanaka. Spends the entire film begging to kill Katsutoshi Otomo. [[spoiler: He doesn't. Otomo is arrested for manslaughter instead. Eventually his Blood Knight behavior makes him kill the wrong man out of delusion that his fiance is cheating with his friend from prison. [[spoiler: This [This ultimately leads to him getting a stakeout put on him and him committing suicide.]]



* EnemyCivilWar: "Proxy wars" have smaller subfactions of the bigger Yakuza gangs battling it out for supremacy.
* GenreDeconstruction: This series deconstructs everything about the Yakuza. Instead of the loyal brothers they were in older films, here they are conniving, greedy, vicious lying bastards, willing to sell their own sworn brothers down the river. The Yakuza code is portrayed as a joke, and every time honored tradition of the Yakuza is seen as outdated, foolish, or even just plain crazy. The main character is a man who actually wants to hearken back to the old ways and honors the code, but soon finds that such ideals have no place in the dirty world he finds himself in.

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* EnemyCivilWar: "Proxy wars" ''Proxy War'' have smaller subfactions and allies of the bigger Yakuza yakuza gangs battling it out for supremacy.
* GenreDeconstruction: This series deconstructs everything about the Yakuza.yakuza. Instead of the loyal brothers they were in older films, here they are conniving, greedy, vicious lying bastards, willing to sell their own sworn brothers down the river. The Yakuza code is portrayed as a joke, and every time honored tradition of the Yakuza is seen as outdated, foolish, or even just plain crazy. The main character is a man who actually wants to hearken back to the old ways and honors the code, but soon finds that such ideals have no place in the dirty world he finds himself in.



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Once again, everybody is guilty of this. Bosses backstab their underlings, underlings backstab their bosses, underlings get backstabbed by the people they were backstabbing with, etc

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Once again, everybody is guilty of this. Bosses backstab their underlings, underlings backstab their bosses, underlings get backstabbed by the people they were backstabbing with, etcwith...
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Despite being one of the more important secondary characters, Yamamori's wife is nowhere to be seen in the last movie.



* 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. 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.
* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from Imperial Japan make up the Yakuza in these films, including Shozo Hirono

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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 yakuza have politicians in their pocket, and the police are initially at a loss to keep up. 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.
* FormerRegimePersonnel: Many former soldiers from Imperial Japan make up the Yakuza yakuza in these films, including Shozo HironoHirono.



* 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.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. While the Yakuza do use them, they are hard to hide, making knives more practical, and guns just work so much better. This is made apparent in the first film, where Hirono goes after a Yakuza that is using one. Hirono's answer? A pistol.
* LastOfTheirKind: Shozo Hirono and Takeda are very much the last of the old school "shogun" yakuza by the end of the film series.
* LoanShark: The first death in ''Final Episode'' is one of these.

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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.
film. [[spoiler: Then in the fifth, the soon-to-be boss of the new yakuza gets shot up by three rogue greasers; yet this only sends him into a brief coma.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Despite being an absolute piece of shit and the least trust worthy character of them all, Yamamori survives the whole series. The worst he gets is one-and-a-half year jail time at the end of the fourth movie.]]
** [[spoiler: His wife, who loves to smack him around, also gets away pretty cleanly despite being a victim of ChuckCumminghamSyndrome.]]
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. While the Yakuza yakuza do use them, they are hard to hide, making knives more practical, and guns just work so much better. This is made apparent in the first film, where Hirono goes after a Yakuza yakuza that is using one. [[spoiler: Hirono's answer? A pistol.
pistol.]]
* LastOfTheirKind: Shozo [[spoiler: Hirono and Takeda Takeda]] are very much the last of the old school "shogun" yakuza by the end of the film series.
* LoanShark: The first death in ''Final Episode'' is one of these. His daughter of all people takes up the job from her old man and ends up into a fling with the up-and-coming new boss.



* 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.
* SleazyPolitician: Work with the Yakuza from time to time.

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* SequelEscalation: The third fourth 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.
* SleazyPolitician: Work Works with the Yakuza yakuza from time to time. They even share drinks together from time to time.
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* ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster: Yamamori comes across as a snivelling coward most the time and Shinkai claims that without the underbosses propping him up he has no power. Doesn't stop him from playing the various factions against [[spoiler: each other until he and TheDragon Makihara are the only ones left standing.]]

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* ApparentlyPowerlessPuppetmaster: Yamamori comes across as a snivelling coward most the time and Shinkai claims that without the underbosses propping him up he has no power. [[spoiler: Doesn't stop him from playing the various factions against [[spoiler: each other until he and TheDragon Makihara are the only ones left standing.]]



* BackstabBackfire: Kanbara betrays Hirono, forcing him to get arrested to avoid being killed. This earns him a bullet in the skull from Wakasugi.

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* BackstabBackfire: [[spoiler: Kanbara betrays Hirono, forcing him to get arrested to avoid being killed. This earns him a bullet in the skull from Wakasugi.]]



* BlackAndGrayMorality: Really, no one is good in this series. For one thing, they're all Yakuza, which makes them evil by default. But there is really not a single decent person in the cast. While some, like Hirono, do actually cherish the Yakuza honor code, they find it nearly impossible to keep it in the immoral surroundings they find themselves in, and even they turn to assassinations, and murder just to stay alive.
* 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.
* BoringButPractical: Knives and sticks aren't as cool looking as Katanas, but they get the job done, quickly and efficiently.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: Really, no one is good in this series. For one thing, they're all Yakuza, yakuza, which makes them evil by default. But there is really not a single decent person in the cast. While some, like Hirono, do actually cherish the Yakuza yakuza honor code, they find it nearly impossible to keep it in the immoral surroundings they find themselves in, and even they turn to assassinations, and murder just to stay alive.
* BloodKnight: Shoji Yamanaka. Spends the entire film begging to kill Katsutoshi Otomo. [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler: This ultimately leads to him getting a stakeout put on him and him committing suicide.
suicide.]]
* BoringButPractical: Knives and sticks aren't as cool looking as Katanas, katanas, but they get the job done, quickly and efficiently.
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