Rent Proxy War (1973)

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1h 42min
Rent Proxy War (aka The Yakuza Papers: Proxy War / Jingi naki tatakai: Dairi sensô) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Moving beyond the true stories dramatized in the first two episodes of the 'Battles Without Honour' and 'Humanity' series, director Kinji Fukasaku and screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara embark on their most complex narrative yet in 'Proxy War', a multi-character web of alliances and betrayals set against the economic growth of Japan as it prepares to host the 1964 Olympic games. 1960. A power vacuum is formed within the Muraoka family when underboss Uchimoto (Takeshi Kato) refuses to avenge the assassination of a superior. With the help of series hero Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara), Uchimoto pledges loyalty to the powerful Akashi gang, but is soon expelled from the Muraoka for the act.
Meanwhile, Akashi rivals the Shinwa Group form their own pact with Muraoka, and the enmity between the two gangs threatens to erupt into bloody violence across all of western Japan. The labyrinthine plotline of Proxy War - which continues in episode four, Police Tactics- approaches pure Jacobean drama as power players, kingmakers, and petty soldiers clash weapons and words in a stylised ritual of alliances and betrayals. Considered by many critics to be the best episode of the series, Proxy War's complex crime drama of the highest order.
Actors:
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Directors:
Narrated By:
Tetsu Sakai
Writers:
Koichi Iiboshi, Kazuo Kasahara
Aka:
The Yakuza Papers: Proxy War / Jingi naki tatakai: Dairi sensô
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Countries:
Japan, Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/08/2016
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Secrets of the Piranha Army - a new documentary about the troupe of supporting actors who appeared throughout the series, featuring interviews with original Piranha members Masaru Shiga and Takashi Noguchi, plus second-generation Piranha, Takashi Nishina and Akira Murota
  • Tales of a Bit Player - a new interview with supporting actor and stuntman Seizo Fukumoto
  • Original Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/08/2016
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Secrets of the Piranha Army - a new documentary about the troupe of supporting actors who appeared throughout the series, featuring interviews with original Piranha members Masaru Shiga and Takashi Noguchi, plus second-generation Piranha, Takashi Nishina and Akira Murota
  • Tales of a Bit Player - a new interview with supporting actor and stuntman Seizo Fukumoto
  • Original Trailer

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