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Onimasa is the egocentric boss of a powerful yakuza (Japanese mafia) clan on Shikoku island, and the last heir to a family of samurai. His struggles with his enemy Yakuza and the tumultuous life of his adopted daughter, Matsue, form the backdrop of this epic tale of justice, obedience, and bloody revenge.

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  • Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Animeigo
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SF9YQQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2010
Onimasa is a man who believes in his own legend. An oyabun-boss of a local yakuza group, he likes to see himself as an honorable and "chivalrous man" instead of the brutal, egomaniacal thug that he really his. Onimasa believes in the code of "outlaw hero," and manages to lie to himself about the nobility of his own actions even as he buys young daughters from poor local merchants and then sells them into prostitution, or works as the strong-arm for a boss even more powerful than himself.

An intricate and multi-layered film, "Onimasa" ("Kiryuin Hanako no shogai" or "The Life and Times of Kiryuin Hanako") was the second yakuza collaboration between director Gosha Hideo (The Geisha) and that legend of Japanese cinema Nakadai Tatsuya (Harakiri). Their first collaboration, The Wolves, was an unqualified success and it seemed only natural to put the two powerhouses back together for a follow-up in the genre.

Whereas "The Wolves" was a personal, almost Shakespearian tale of revenge, "Onimasa" is an epic sprawl, spanning the years from 1918 and up to the 1940s. The influence of 70s-era mafia films (and cheesy music) is palatable, as Gosha attempted to emulate the generational aspect of those stories as well as the balance between admiration and repulsion one has for the characters.

The story begins when Onimasa, the preferred nickname of local gangster boss Kiryuin Masagoro, comes to a local merchant who desires his protection but has no money to offer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on November 1, 2012
Onimasa tells the story of Matsue a girl at the age of 12 who is sold off by her parents to a small time Yakuza boss of a town: Onimasa. She arrives at their house and sees the mudane everyday life of a yakuza family: the familarity, the respect, the loyal men at the service of Onimasa, and finally Onimasa himself a hard to understand if interesting Yakuza boss who thinks of himself as a chivalrous Samurai yet is only egocentric criminal. Tatsuya Nakadai gives a full blooded performance as Onimasa he really captures the role as he goes through a rise to fall. The film follows both Onimasa and Matsue over the years; there is not much of a main plot but a few interesting sub-plots as it cuts from 1918 to the 1940s but still a lot happens that keeps the story moving along nicely. As usual Hideo Gosha's direction is beautifully handled and unlike his more action-packed The Wolves (1971) this film concentrates more a unromantised take on the Yakuza and concentrates and intimate drama between the many occupants of the household and the growing up of Matsue, only in the end does the film boast a brilliantly directed action scene but the never lacks a dramatic punch that demonstrates no need for action. A slow yet interesting film that very different than any other films directed by Gosha (Hunter in the Dark, Sword of the Beast, Three Outlaw Samurai) here he is at his least action-orientated and more drama orientated but comes out triumphant with full developed characters and a story boasting pathos and intelligence. (Review from [...])
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