Another Battle

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

The Japanese title suggests a remake of the yakuza classic Battles Without Honour and Humanity, but it's actually an original and highly complex account of the battle for succession in a powerful Osaka yakuza 'family'. So complex, in fact, that the string of set-piece assassinations, provocations, negotiations and fights approaches pure abstraction; hard to say who does what to whom and why. But Sakamoto smartly anchors the whole thing in a generic male friendship between Kadoya (Toyokawa) and the Korean-Japanese Chan-Ryon (musician Hotei). Years ago Chan-Ryon killed a yakuza to save Kadoya's life. Now Kadoya decides it's time to return the favour, seeing his old friend under heavy pressure to sell his Korean business empire to the 'family'. Charismatically acted, stylishly directed, largely baffling.

By: TR


Release details

109 mins

Cast and crew

Junji Sakamoto
Koji Takada
Etsushi Toyokawa
Sho Aikawa
Ittoku Kishibe
Tomoyasu Hotei
Koichi Sato
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