A short history of Yakuza films

A short history of Yakuza films

00:00 – Opening
00:31 – Introduction
01:37 – Yakuza’s origin and development
05:44 – The first cinematic yakuza
06:13 – Post war rebuilding and the return of heroic yakuza
08:20 -The Ninkyo Eiga
13:49 – The Jitsuroku
17:04 – The 1980ies: between heavy handed drama and a feminisation of the genre
19:28 – The renewal of the Yakuza films
23:18 – A progressive decline
24:13 – Yakuza films: an essential genre of Japanese cinema?

Sources :
The Yakuza Movie Book, A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films by Mark Schilling
Gun and Sword, an Encyclopaedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980 by Chris D.
Outlaw Masters of Japanese Cinema by Chris D.
Yakuza: Japan’s Criminal Underworld by David Kaplan and Alec Dubro
Yakuza Moon by Shoko Tendo
Confession d’un Yakuza by Masatoshi Kumagai
Confession of a Yakuza par Junichi Saga
Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists, the violent politics of modern Japan 1860-1960 par Eiko Maruko Siniawer
The Japanese Mafia, Yakuza, Law and the State par Peter Hill

Introduction music and logo by Drélium.

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