Some parting words from Yakuza movie icon Takakura Ken on yakuza films, his favourite movies, and acting

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But I think that the reason the general public identified with the roles I played, was that they were struck by my stance as a man who unrelentingly stands up to absurd injustices. It wasn’t just that I was just going off to a sword fight, but that my character was willing to sacrifice himself in order to protect the people important to him. JSRC: Mr. Takakura, you have been called the Clint Eastwood of Japan, what do you think of that?
Ken Takakura: It’s what someone else thinks, so I have no thoughts on the matter. 







Aliens Versus Yakuza: 宇宙人対極道: A Masterpiece Of Bad Genre Films

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I wouldn’t want to spoil the rest of the film for our readers but it does solve the ancient question: in a battle between an alien and a yakuza, who would win?







The Hardest Men In Town: Chronicles of Sin, Sex, Violence and 1975 classic gangster film THE YAKUZA

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In honour of Japan’s Celebration of Cinema Day, December 1st, we’ve reposted some reviews and articles on classic films. Some good, some bad, some epic.This was originally posted on March 10th 2011. (Wow, who would have guessed what would happen a day later.) It has been reposted to commemorate the passing of yakuza movie icon, Ken Takakura, on […]




Yakuza University: It’s a hard knock education

Higher education for many yakuza begins in jail.






 Le monde criminel possède souvent son propre langage et ses propres expressions. Les yakuza ne font pas exception à la règle. Par exemple, plutôt que de dire « aller en prison » (刑務所に行く : keimusho ni iku), ils diront « aller à l’université » (大学に行く : daigaku ni iku).







Confessions of A Yakuza Bodyguard/芸能界のドンの用心棒の告白

In October of 2011, it became illegal to profit the yakuza in any business including showbiz.  The attempts to ban yakuza from the entertainment world have sadly been more amusing than effective.






It may come across as an excuse but the entertainment industry will never see the end to altercations with the local yakuza regarding profit. When I was requested to be the bodyguard, I initially thought that I would serve as the fixer for yakuza issues. In actuality, Suoh asked me to work for him after the shootings targeting him, which later turned out to be staged by nobody but Suoh himself. I did not for a second imagine that I would be asked to “destroy” or “kill” an actress when I first took the job.







Updated: The Gangster That Became A Buddhist Priest. Bye Bye Goto! May your karma find you wherever you are.

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憚りながら懲りないし、懺悔しない邪悪な人間もいる。 Some people never repent. 12/9/2015 Action Targets Yakuza’s Global Criminal Operations WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Tadamasa Goto, an individual associated with the Japanese Yakuza criminal network, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, which targets significant transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and their supporters.  Today’s […]




Pedophiles, JK, AKB48 and Trolls

When weekly magazine Shukan Shincho reported on AKB48 management past ties to the yakuza, no one was surprised. The JK Business is a seedy con game and who knows how to run one better than former criminal associates & loan sharks?






It’s condescending and sexist attitudes like yours that encourage women and girls to go into the JK Business in the first place, because they are lead to believe that they will never be taken seriously or valued for their intellect and ability. Shame on you. 恥を知れ.







Japan Fights ISIS with a barrage of Charlie Hebdo-like parody

"I know Ninjas and you're no Ninja. You're just a douchebag money grubbing terrorist."






Terrorism works because of fear and intimidation. One of their greatest enemies is sarcasm and ridicule. The Islamic State is holding two Japanese citizens for ransom and is most likely to execute them at 2:50 pm today (Friday) Japan time. Japan has no standing army and very little means of retaliating other than expressing “strong […]




Yakuza Rapper Releases Spoken Word Album: Yamazin/Collected Short Stories






Japanese rap has a bad rap.  It doesn’t rhyme, not really, it’s almost impossible to follow if you don’t understand Japanese, and most of it is crap.  Most of the “gangster rappers” in Japan are about as tough as Vanilla Ice and about as talented.  The bravado is show, the source material puerile and the […]




Reposted: The high price of writing about anti-social forces–and those who pay. 猪狩先生を弔う日々

Is writing a book exposing the corruption in your society worth risking your life? For Toshiro Igari, it was.






Igari-san wasn’t an investigative journalist and he wasn’t a saint. But he fought for justice and for truth, and as an investigative journalist, I’ve always believed that’s what our job entailed. Forgive me if that sounds naive. I believe that, if no one stands up to the anti-social forces in the world, then we all lose.