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Brutal Tales Of Chivalry (1965 aka Showa Kankyo-Den/Toei/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)

Picture: C+ Sound: C Extras: C Film: B+

PLEASE NOTE: This Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, is limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies last at the links below.

After returning home from WWII to his hometown, Seiji (Ken Takakura) is ready to help rebuild it, but the first thing he finds out is his old boss had been murdered, he's the new boss and his girl has married another man. However, another Yakuza gang have begun moving in on their turf and starting a gang war and Seiji's gang now looks to him for leadership to help restore the town and their former glory in Kiyoshi Saeki's Brutal Tales Of Chivalry (1965 aka Showa Kankyo-Den).

Other towns were also destroyed, people were hungry and there were few supplies, so that is how everything was controlled through the Yakuza gangs from men, shipments and to supplies. Seiji returns home to the Kuzu-gumi Yakuza, an honorable group that is trying to help the people, but the Shinsei-Kai Yakuza has begun looting, stealing or destroying Kuzu-gumi supplies. While Seiji stresses non violence, there is only so much he and his men can take and the Shinsei-Kai will learn why the boss made Seiji the next boss.

This was an old movie Yakuza movie, one of the first to explain that gangster organization properly, now transferred onto Blu-ray. It is old school, when Yakuza had a code of honor and to serve and protect it's people and town. It is an early movie that showed what the Yakuza were meant to be and what happens when that too collapses. Takakura was a big star who only passed away a few years ago, but had an amazing career that also included Golgo 13 (1973), Sydney Pollack's The Yakuza (1974), Ridley Scott's Black Rain (1989) and Kon Ichikawa's 47 Ronin (1994). This too is one of his key films.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the age of the materials used, but color is not bad throughout for this film shot on 35mm in ToeiScope, though this can be an inconsistent presentation. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 1.0 Mono lossless mix shows its age more, but we guess that cannot be helped, though it still has a few good moments. Extras include Brutal Tales of Filmmaking: Toei Producer Toru Yoshida on the disc and a booklet with illustrations, tech info and essay by film scholar Julie Kirgo.

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- Ricky Chiang


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