This week we get our Yakuza flicks on as Japanuary rolls full tilt into it's third week.
First up, Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer. A psychotic man is used as a pawn in a Yakuza gang war while he is hunted by a sadomasochistic enforcer. Violence and insanity explode on the screen in a grizzly and giggling way.
Then we take a look at the first in a massive nine entry series and a stone cold classic in its own right- Brutal Tales of Chivalry (aka Chivalrous Tales of the Showa Era). Ken Takakura is Seiji Terajima, a man just returned home from the war and immediately thrust into the leadership of his gang. Seiji is determined to not go into a war with their local rivals but he might not have much choice. How far can you push an honorable man?
Episode 137- Courtly Expectations of Homicide