“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.