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Movie Review – Yojimbo

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by mobflix

This week, we conclude Yakuzafest with Yojimbo.  Yojimbo was written and directed by Akira Kurosawa.  This 1961 film is about a samurai in the late 1800’s without a master (A Ronin) who comes to a town dominated by two Gangsters (Yakuza).  One Yakuza runs the silk business, while the other runs the Sake business.  These rival Yakuza are constantly battling each other for control of the town.

The samurai offers his body guard services to both Gangsters and sells his loyalty to the highest bidder.  After several double-crosses one of the Gangster’s sons seeks revenge on the samurai and a classic showdown is in the works with a pistol in addition to sword play.

Last Man Standing starring Bruce Willis is the American remake of this film.  But why watch a remake when you’ve got the original.

From the master himself, this black and white film from Kurosawa exceeds expectations.

We give Yojimbo 5 stars out of 5 stars


Yakuzafest – Kickass Yakuza Mashup

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on October 16, 2008 by mobflix

The above Yakuza Mashup is brought to us courtesy of EdD1EgJiNaJ via

EdD1EgJiNaJ  specializes in creating kickass mob mashups on youtube.

The above Mashup is a compilation of scenes from the movie “Brother” about a Yakuza who comes to the US.

Yakuza Month: Yakuzafest Haikus

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by mobflix

Yakuzapalooza continues. What better way to celebrate Japanese Organized Crime than Haikus.

Yakuza Haiku-Tattooed crime Kingpins / Underground samurai thieves / Prowl Japan’s backstreets

Yakuza Haiku – Underground business / Illustrated mob bosses / The Yakuza reign

Yakuza Haiku – Orders are given / Eradicate outsiders / The Yakuza speak

Yakuza Haiku – Samurai Gangsters / A secret society / The Yakuza code

Samurai Crime Lords / Disciplined gangs rule the streets / Black market kingpins

Brother Haiku: Japanese Gangster / Takes on the Italian Mob / Lessons to be learned

Yakuza Month – Movie Review: Black Rain

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2008 by mobflix

Mobflix rating 4 out of 5 stars

Our first movie for Yakuza month is Black Rain starring Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia and Kate Capshaw.  Douglas and Garcia are New York detectives who find themselves in the midst of a Yakuza war that makes its way to New York City.  The detectives capture the young leader of a rogue Yakuza motorcycle gang and escort him back to Japan.

While in Japan, the rogue Yakuza leader named Sato (played by Yusako Matsuda) escapes and takes out his own revenge against the detectives and Yakuza rivals.  There is a fantastic chase scene where Sato performs modern day jousting with a samurai sword while on a motorcycle.

The Japanese dectective (played by Ken Takakura) assigned to capture Sato, butts heads with Douglas and Garcia and limits their powers while they are in his host country.

We give Black Rain 4 out of 5 stars