Yasuharu Hasebe, Japan, 1968, Arrow Films, Crime - Japan

“Muneo Ueda's cinematography is often restrained to act as a voyeur’s lens, as if we're a rat amongst the gangs.” -- Letterboxd

In 1969, future sexploitation director Yasuharu Hasebe (STRAY CAT ROCK: SEX HUNTER) teamed up with inimitable star Jô Shishido (BRANDED TO KILL, YOUTH OF THE BEAST) for a follow up to their stylish yakuza hit MASSACRE GUN.

A tale of gang warfare that features a raft of the period’s most iconic stars, Akira Kobayashi (BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY) is a yakuza lieutenant who emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his sickbed. Shishido is the rival waiting to kill him, and a young Meiko Kaji (LADY SNOWBLOOD) is the girl caught in the crossfire.

Gritty and cynical, RETALIATION is a hardboiled precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s revisionist yakuza pictures of the 1970s.

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  • 94 mins
  • Color
  • 2.35:1


  • DCP
  • Blu-ray