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22nd Aug '16 8:19:00 AM JonShannow
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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 each other until he and TheDragon Makihara are the only ones left standing.


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* BackstabBackfire: Kanbara betrays Hirono, forcing him to get arrested to avoid being killed. This earns him a bullet in the skull from Wakasugi.
* BashBrothers: Hirono and Wakasugi become bonded brothers in prison and remain loyal to each other through thick and thin, despite being in different families.
22nd Aug '16 8:05:41 AM JonShannow
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* DirtyCoward: Boss Yamanori, a whiny, cowardly, conniving loser of a mob boss whose DragonLady wife seems to hold far more authority at times. His solid skills with bribery and bureaucracy and AffablyEvil nature are what makes him the boss however.

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* 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.
* DirtyCoward: Boss Yamanori, Yamamori, a whiny, cowardly, conniving loser of a mob boss whose DragonLady wife seems to hold far more authority at times. His solid skills with bribery and bureaucracy and AffablyEvil nature are what makes him the boss however.however.
** Almost all of the Yamamori underbossses in fact, during the war with the Doi only Hirono and Wakasugi are willing to take the fight to the enemy.


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* MobWar: Several.


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* SmugSnake: Yamamori just oozes smug.
11th Jun '16 5:47:41 AM Ghidorah1972
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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.



* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Pretty much averted, as the yakuza lifestyle is shown to be essentially a fairytale.
* DirtyCoward: Boss Yamanori, a whiny, cowardly,conniving loser of a mob boss whose DragonLady wife seems to hold far more authority at times. His solid skills with bribery and bureaucracy and AffablyEvil nature are what makes him the boss however.

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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Pretty much averted, as the yakuza lifestyle is shown to be essentially a fairytale.
* DirtyCoward: Boss Yamanori, a whiny, cowardly,conniving cowardly, conniving loser of a mob boss whose DragonLady wife seems to hold far more authority at times. His solid skills with bribery and bureaucracy and AffablyEvil nature are what makes him the boss however.



* TheRedStapler: After the film's success, Hiroshima dialect as spoken by the yakuza in the film became "hip" among Japanese teens and young adults.



* TheOtherDarrin: Toshie Kimura died during the production of the last two Battles, so her character's role was taken up by someone else.
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.
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