BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY 2: DEADLY FIGHT IN HIROSHIMA

Kinji Fukasaku, Japan, 1973, Arrow Films, Crime - Japan

The celebrated series’ first sequel sets aside Part One’s protagonist to follow a side story showcasing genre icons Sonny Chiba (THE STREET FIGHTER) and Meiko Kaji (FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION, STRAY CAT ROCK).

Hiroshima, 1950. Demobilized kamikaze pilot Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji) is released from prison and finds himself hungry and broke. Following a bust-up with a local gang, he earns the psychotic wrath of local underboss Otomo (Chiba), but Yamanaka’s suicidal impulses are soon put to use as a hitman for another gang, befriending series hero Shozo Hirono in the process. Despite a budding but forbidden romance with the boss’s niece (Kaji), Yamanaka’s instability begins to make him a liability...

Taking an even more fatalistic turn than the series’ original entry, Part Two tells the story of the ultimate loser, based on a true story uncovered by screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara while interviewing real-life Hiroshima yakuza for Part One.

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Details

  • 100 min.
  • Color
  • 2.35:1

Formats

  • DCP
  • Blu-ray

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