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A Yakuza In Love (1997)

Yoshio Harada , Shôhei Hino , Rokuro Mochizuki  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Yoshio Harada, Shôhei Hino, Shunsuke Matsuoka, Eiji Minakata, Eiji Okuda
  • Directors: Rokuro Mochizuki
  • Producers: Mitsuru Kurosawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ArtsmagicDVD
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BLI5W8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Yakuza In Love" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive interview with director Rokuro Mochizuki
  • Exclusive interview with Tom Mes, acclaimed author on Japanese Cinema
  • Mochizuki and the Yakuza Film
  • Cast & Crew Bios

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Director Rokuro Mochizuki ( ONIBI - THE FIRE WITHIN ) presents to us a fiery story of love blossoming in the strangest of places. His trademark directorial style concentrates on the personal interplay of the lovers, Kinichi, a yakuza enforcer and Yoko, a timid waitress. After a rocky start, a loving relationship develops between them, thanks partly to the mixing drugs with a kidnapping! Kinichi vows to clean up his act but the drugs begin to take effect, sending Kinichi and Yoko on a downward spiral with only their love left to hold them together.

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"A NIHILISTIC ANTI-ROMANTIC COMEDY... I RECOMMEND IT TO FANS OF JAPANESE CINEMA." -- DVDAnswers

"DEFINITIVELY DIRECTED... STRONG PERFORMANCES... NOT YOUR ORDINARY FOCUSED STORY LINE..." -- Hanshi

"MOCHIZUKI DELIVERS AN INTERESTING FILM CENTERED ON A DYSFUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP DESTINED FOR FAILURE." -- FilmFanAddict

"SHOCKING, VISUALLY STIMULATING AND PAINFULLY REALISTIC" -- Sci-Fi-Online

"TOUCHING, STYLISH AND FUNNY, A BITTERSWEET, LYRICAL, COMICAL ROMANCE CONDUCTED ON THE KNIFE EDGE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH." -- MandiApple

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5.0 out of 5 stars Osaka Love Story March 4, 2009
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"Yakuza in Love" ("Ai Gokudo") is an absolutely brilliant film. Beautifully filmed, at times deep and poignant, at times comedic and acerbic, it is to the yakuza genre what Yamada Yoji's Samurai Trilogy (The Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade, Love and Honor) was to the samurai genre. Both are respectful and subtle updates of genres of Japanese film that have almost degraded into parody through decades of repetition.

Director Mochizuki Rokuro has taken the completely opposite approach of director Miike Takeshi (Ichi the Killer) who also updated the genre. Instead of cool and slick ultra-violence, Mochizuki has channeled Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) and Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket), looking at the life of average people mixed up in violent circumstances, people who often make wrong choices and do stupid things, but still try to carve out some small slice of happiness in a harsh and unforgiving world.

The story focuses on Kinichi (Okada Eiji, Woman in the Dunes), a low-level thug who has been charged by his boss to murder rival ganglord Uzaki. Kinichi waits on stake-out with his "younger brother" Hamaoka (Matsuoka Shunsuke,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny February 7, 2014
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Funny and a little strange. If you're looking for Yoshio Harada films, you may be disappointed to find that he has a very small part and does not appear til close to the end.
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