Onimasa (1982) Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai

Onimasa (1982) Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai

Onimasa (1982)
WEB-Dl 720p | MKV | 720x576 | x264 @ 2210 Kbps | 145 min | 2,33 Gb
Audio: Japanese AAC 2.0 @ 64 Kbps | Subs: English (embedded in MKV)
Genre: Drama, Crime

Director: Hideo Gosha
Writers: Hideo Gosha, Tomiko Miyao (novel) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume, Akiko Nakamura

Matsue is the adoptive daughter of the Kiryuin House, a small yakuza clan in Shikoku. Onimasa, their leader, is the last heir to a family of samurai. He is hard in business but respected by the poor because of his fairness. Matsue lives in the middle of this society, between gang wars and rivalries among the chief's mistresses. But when Onimasa takes a chivalrous attitude and finds himself on the side of train workers on strike, it annoys the Great Godfather of the island. The story starts in 1918, ends with the nearing of the Second World War.

Hideo Gosha's Onimasa (1982) comes across as Japan's answer to The Godfather, while it doesn't quite live up to that billing-it was a very interesting film. Tatusya Nakadai always puts in a lively performance-this time as a chivalrous yakuza boss with several mistresses and the focus of this film is a girl he take sin as a daughter from a poor family. She has a very strong will and soon becomes his favorite because of her grit and strong will. She insists on being educated and becomes a teacher and eventually takes up with an intellectual and is the de facto narrator of the story of the rise and fall of Onimasa. The story is set in the Taisho era and the set designs ad to the overall impression of the film. I can't help but think the dog fighting scenes earlier in the film would have caused a certain amount of controversy in America. Overall it was a entertaining film.
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Onimasa (1982) Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai

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