“A celluloid kick to the solar plexus . . . compared to Ishikawa, Joe Pesci in GOODFELLAS looks like he was on Valium.” -- Steven Pulchaski, SHOCK CINEMA
Equivalent in stature to Spielberg amongst the Japanese film scene, Kinji Fukasaku’s mob films differed from all the rest thanks to their layers of complexity and delirious violence representing the chaos of post-WWII Japan. Fukasaku brings three decades of seared mass psychology to GRAVEYARD OF HONOR’s centerpiece: real-life hood Rikio Ishikawa (Tetsuya Watari, OUTLAW GANGSTER VIP). The outbursts of this IRL “natural born killer” are so rapturously filmed that you feel each of his gut-wrenching further steps into madness!