The best movies tagged with yakuza

List of the 10 best films tagged with yakuza, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
Gozu (Gokudo kyofu dai-gekijo: Gozu)
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Gozu (Gokudo kyofu dai-gekijo: Gozu)

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inami mistakenly kills a gangster associate of his named Brother. Almost as soon as the murder takes place, the body of the deceased man is gone, prompting Minami to conduct a search. While looking, he finds a mysterious isolated hotel where he decides to take a rest. Not only are the front desk clerks a bit strange, but even the ambiance feels unusual. Minami soon realizes he may have gotten more than he bargained for.

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Dead or Alive (Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha)
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Dead or Alive (Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha)

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ithout a home and feeling no obligation to Japanese society or Yakuza, Ryuichi (Takeuchi Riki) and his small group decide to make their own place by trying to take over the Shinjuku underworld and the drug trade from Taiwan. As they plan an all-out-assault on the remaining Chinese and Japanese mafia kings, only Detective Jojima (Aikawa Sho) stands between them and complete domination.

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Retaliation (Shima wa moratta)
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Retaliation (Shima wa moratta)

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wo years before they collaborated on the immortal Stray Cat Rock series, director Yasuharu Hasebe and soon-to-be-superstar Meiko Kaji teamed up for this potent gangster flick that also stars the great Joe Shishido (Branded to Kill) and Akira Kobayashi, who would shortly thereafter star in Kinji Fukasaku's epic yakuza series Battles Without Honor and Humanity. Emerging from a stint in prison, yakuza lieutenant Sumukawa (Kobayashi) discovers that his gang has disintegrated while he was in the pen. An ambitious type, he quickly hooks up with another gang (led by Shishido) who promise him a prominent position if he helps them deal with a rival family. But bonds are made to be broken, and pledges of loyalty soon give way to competition, betrayal and — naturally — retaliation. Tough, cynical and violent, Retaliation cheerfully overturns romanticized notions of underworld honour, paving the way for Fukusaku's revisionist yakuza pictures of the 1970s.

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Wolves, Pigs & Men (Okami to buta to ningen)
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Wolves, Pigs & Men (Okami to buta to ningen)

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lonely gangster tries recruiting men to plunder a respected and powerful gang.

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Why Don't You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de naze warui)
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Why Don't You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de naze warui)

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n Japan, gonzo filmmakers hatch a three-pronged plan to save an actress's career, end a yakuza war and make a hit movie.

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Black Line (Kurosen chitai)
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Black Line (Kurosen chitai)

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rugs and prostitution thriller set in old Yokohama

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Tekkonkinkreet (Tekkon kinkurito)
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Tekkonkinkreet (Tekkon kinkurito)

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n Treasure Town, life can be both peaceful and violent. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White - two street kids who claim to traverse the urban city as if it were their own. But in this town, an undercurrent of evil exists and has its sights set on the pair of brothers, forcing them to engage in battle with an array of old-world Yakuza as well as dangerous assassins vying to rule the decaying metropolis, Treasure Town.

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Tattooed Life (Irezumi ichidai)
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Tattooed Life (Irezumi ichidai)

Tattooed Life' begins with a parasol wielding Yakuza assassin attacking a rickshaw. It almost looks like feudal Japan until somebody pulls a gun and we're reminded that it's the 20th century. Post-shooting, the assassin delivers his bounty to his brother (to pay for his art school education) before getting ambushed in one of the few rickshaw-jacking incidents in film history, and being rescued by his art-student brother. In the aftermath, one brother is marked for death by the Yakuza, and the other brother won't go to art school with blood on his hands, so they decide the perfect way to deal with such hardships is to become fugitive construction workers in northern Japan . And why not?

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1

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n assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle. But "The Bride" lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who wronged her, saving Bill for last.

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Fireworks (Hana-bi)
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Fireworks (Hana-bi)

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police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression he makes questionable decisions.

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