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Yakuza Demon

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Editorial Reviews

Honor, betrayal and mind-blowing action as only acclaimed cult director Takashi Miike can bring! Seiji and Yoshifumi are the only members of the Muto branch of the Date Family. The two respect and love their leader, Mr. Muto, like a father and the three share a firm bond. But their fate is sealed when the Family is involved in a conflict. Muto is unable to pay his share of funds for the oncoming battle but tells executives of the Family that he would fight at the front line instead. In the wish to protect Muto, Seiji has him arrested by the police. Ignoring the Family executives' mocks of "Muto escaped to prison", Seiji prepares for the battle and attacks like a demon on behalf of his boss…

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Product Details

  • Actors: Riki Takeuchi, Yûta Sone, Mickey Curtis, Ken'ichi Endô, Renji Ishibashi
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Writers: Shigenori Takechi
  • Producers: Akira Ando, Fujio Matsushima, Hidehiro Ito, Jun'ichi Matsushita, Saburô Naitô
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002YLD2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,375 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yakuza Demon" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
When Yakuza Demon opens with crime boss, Muto (played with sad elegance by Kaichi Iwaki), flying a model of a Zero near sunrise in a large field, his smile wistful as he works the controls, spinning the toy plane through slanting rays of the rising sun, the viewer is immediately tuned into the kind of doomed honor that will mark this film.

Briefly told: a foot soldier in a very minor, poor Yakuza family runs slightly amuck, protecting the family's boss who has gone crossways with the powers that be. The soldier (played by Yakuza and V-film legend Riki Takeuchi) is nicknamed "Sinji the ripper" and with good reason. Now, both sides are out to destroy this tiny triad. What no one can anticipate, though, is the loyalty and love that bind this tiny family together.

Takashi Miike is an astounding filmmaker. This film has a lonely, abandoned feeling about it - a sad tone - that Miike produces simply with shot composition, lighting, and editing. There is a particular sequence (when Yoshi, the youngest member of the family, goes to meet his girlfriend and must confront apposing gang members alone) that creates a near overwhelming feeling of pathetic doom.

Perhaps Miike is something very rare - a kind of freak, maybe. Like the child that can play a piano at two, or a kid from the cornfields that can swat homers while still in kindergarten; that is to say, a natural.

His work seems effortlessly original. -Mykal Banta
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By Eric S. on March 14, 2005
Format: DVD
Seiji (Takeuchi Riki) loves his boss Muto like his own father, so much that when Muto's life is in danger he hides him in jail on a minor charge and pulls off a much mpre cavelier assasination attempt then asked of Muto (Seiji aims for the big boss) of a much stronger (500 to 1 man ratio) yakuza boss in Muto's place to protect his elder from the danger of this job Muto must accomplish to repay an outstanding debt. The syndicate to which Muto's family belong can't take they retalitory heat and they hang Seiji and his family out to dry. Seiji was taken in as an orphean by Muto and he and Yoshifumi (his "brothers") are all that Seiji has in this world to comfort him from the Kikou (the voice through which the dead cry) that haunt his soul. This movie, although shot on a low budget is in my opinion superior to many "theater" Yakuza movies currently offered up in Japan. Takeuchi brillantly plays a truly Sympathtic character that epitmizes the Honor, Brotherhood and Courage that make one a true yakuza brother. I won't give away the movie with a full synopsis (although you will find a "spoiler" on the DVD box), but I will say this movie has less action and more drama than the other yakuza movies offered up by Miike-san. All in all not a bad flic, and the ending is particularly evocative.
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"Yakuza Demon," by director Takashi Miike is a very good film. My only gripe with the film was the ending. However, since this is a violent world these men of the yakuza live in, then I can understand why the film ended the way it did. Other than that, I thought this was a very good film: definitely above average. The film starts out with a minor mob boss named Muto (Kaichi Iwaki) flying a Japanese Zero in an open field. Not far away, are his two trusted men. Seiji (Riki Takeuchi) and Yoshifumi (Hideki Sone). They are all part of a poor yakuza brotherhood, which is under the control of a larger clan known as the Date family. We see the boss Muto eating his noodles in what appears to be a run down home. Yet he has pride. When a rival gang shoots up one of the Date clans branches--the others in the organization require money to make a hit. The interaction between Muto and the other leaders of the clan are a bit hilarious. He has no money to help contribute to their latest request, therefore, they tell him if he does not have the money they can always take his wife. To which he responds that she has left him.

Muto is a humble man, yet, because of the honor of the clan, and due to the fact he has no money to contribute, he tells the other brothers of his clan that he will make a hit on a middle yakuza of the opposing clan known as the Tendo family, which made the hit on them. However, Seiji, who is also known as 'Sinji the Ripper' wants to do this for the boss--even though he has already been in jail for a long time for another transgression. However, the leader Muto tells him that he will do the hit, as it is not right for Seiji to go back to jail again. Yet something happens, which changes things for this poor yakuza clan.
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Made only a year after DEADLY OUTLAW: RIKKA, YAKUZA DEMON is very similar in story: Foot soldier Seiji (Riki Takeuchi) looks to the boss (Mr. Muto) of his small yakuza family as a father. So when Mr. Muto owes the larger Date Family money, he agrees to personally kill an executive of the rival Tendo Family in payment for his debt. Seiji knows Mr. Muto will be killed so he calls the cops and they arrest him on minor gun charges. The Date Family believes Mr. Muto chickened out and called the cops himself. Seiji is angered by this insult...things escalate and before long Seiji and his faithful yakuza brother begin attacking the heads of the Tendo themselves. He has become a "stray dog", a "demon".

Despite the colorful title there's nothing excessively bizarre going on like in some other Miike films. That said, there are a few moments that did stick out for that unique Miike touch: the Date Family bosses are having a meeting and the one boss (Kazuya Nakayama from DETECTIVE STORY) doesn't move at all for a 100 seconds! He just sits there completely motionless, like he's frozen. Another clever bit was when a yakuza guy goes to eat with his girlfriend. They're sitting outside under a umbrella and rain (a lot of rain) splashes up on the camera lens, then some dramatic stuff starts happening and suddenly the action is being filmed from a camera shooting the action on a TV monitor!!! At one moment it even shows the plastic surrounding the screen! I don't think I've ever seen that before: a camera recording a TV displaying the movie we're currently watching and the original camera lens is covered in rain. Absolutely brilliant.

Amazing cast, quick pace, brilliant editing, a Miike cameo(?
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