With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

ACF 077: "Gangster VIP" at Japan Society

Gangster VIP / Burai yori daikanbu
Directed by Toshio Matsuda
Japan 1968

Tetsuya Watari (l) and Cheiko Matsubara (r)

The No Borders, No Limits: 1960s Nikkatsu Action Cinema series continues at Japan Society this Friday, February 22, 2008, with a 7:30 PM screening of Gangster VIP.

Tetsuya Watari (Tokyo Drifter, Like a Shooting Star) stars as Goro Fujikawa, a young yakuza who tries to go straight after serving a three year sentence for stabbing a hitman from a rival gang. But as things usually go in these stories, events undermine such intentions and draw Goro back into the criminal world of violence and revenge.

Tetsuya Watari (l) and Kyosuke Machida (r)

Gangster VIP was the first installment of what became a six-part Burai series of films made in 1968 and 1969. It was based on the memoirs of Goro Fujita, a real yakuza.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

To view the trailer on YouTube, click here.

Images Copyright 1968 Nikkatsu Corporation

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