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The movie begins with the introduction of a ne'er do well young man, age 20, to a Yakuza apprenticeship that is to last one year. In between literal albeit stylized depictions of his everyday life as he learns to become a Yakuza are interviews with the Yakuza boss and scenes of him conducting business.
The Yakuza boss himself is more fascinating than the apprentice by far. Most of his musings involve the increasing strictures upon the gangs in Japan and also the deleterious effect of modernity upon an ages old institution. (Interesting aside about alterity: The man is a Roman Catholic in a country where Christianity is a tiny minority).
Although compelling, the movie doesn't contain any action to speak of, nor any commentary. So one is left to figure out that the the jolly gaijin who appears midway through is actually the Yakuza's confessor and priest who was sent for to arrange to have blessings said in the boss's name. This being deemed necessary, one surmises because of his precipitous fall in the gang hierarchy, "I am nothing now, because I put my job on the line" he comments.
Nothing is said about the circumstances surrounding this calamitous set back, only that he must now try to rebuild an organization.Read more ›
Another day at the office, Yakuza style. They might as well be working for a chicken hatchery or at an ice cream store. The Yakuza boss drones on morosely about declining business and the difficulty of developing talent, but not in a way unique to Yakuza. It's the high point of the movie. But it's not a very high point. If you've been at work all day and want to come home and see somebody else doing more of it, here's your movie. If you think you're going to get anything like an open look into a very closed society, guess again.
You may read further for the boss, Masatoshi Kumagai's wikipedia page, as well as an interview of him by the french business magazine, L'Expansion". The article is titled, We Have To Evolve Our Business Model".
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