Violent Streets

Directed by Hideo Gosha
Film Movement Classics
1974
96 Minutes
Japan
Japanese
Action, Crime, Classics, Drama, Asian
Not Rated

After making his name in the samurai genre, master filmmaker Hideo Gosha (THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI, SAMURAI WOLF) turned his camera to the world of the yakuza, and the violent streets they control. Legendary gangster-turned-actor Noboru Ando plays Egawa, a retired yakuza underboss, now nightclub owner, who gets pulled back into the life when his old comrades demand control of his club. Meanwhile, a gang war quietly roiling behind the scenes erupts into open violence in response to a high-profile kidnapping, lending unimaginably high stakes to Egawa's reemergence onto the yakuza scene. The result is a kinetic and stylish explosion of deception, mayhem, and death that leaves no one safe - and a masterpiece of 1970's yakuza cinema.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Hideo Gosha
  • Starring: Noboru Andô
  • Starring: Akira Kobayashi
  • Starring: Isao Natsuyagi
  • Starring: Bunta Sugawara
  • Starring: Tetsurô Tanba

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  • "Violent Streets is one of the wildest, bloodiest and most visually stunning Yakuza yarns ever made. Violent Streets is a masterpiece, plain and simple. One of Gosha's best (just maybe his very best) and one of the crowning achievements in Japan's Yakuza cycle of the 70s. A must see."
    Films from the Far Reaches
  • "VIOLENT STREETS is a lean and mean yakuza exploitation picture that plays with a lot of genre tropes – e.g., rival groups, old ways versus young guns, etc. – all capped off by a deeply fatalistic streak. "
    Matt Spry, Death Ray Dive