YMMV / Battles Without Honor and Humanity

  • 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.
  • Designated Hero: Shozo Hirono is this in nearly every film except the second one, where Katsutoshi Otomo takes this position.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Pretty much averted, as the yakuza lifestyle is shown to be essentially a fairytale.
  • Sequelitis: The "New Battles Without Honor Or Humanity" are widely considered to be inferior rehashes of the originals, and the Region 1 Bluray doesn't bother mentioning them in the retrospective on the series.
  • The Red Stapler: After the film's success, Hiroshima dialect as spoken by the yakuza in the film became "hip" among Japanese teens and young adults.
  • The Other Darrin: Toshie Kimura died during the production of the last two Battles, so her character's role was taken up by someone else.

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