It seems like the entire cast from the 'Battles' series his there. But it was refreshing to see Sugawara playing a "good guy" - although he's far from morally irreproachable. 'Cops vs. Thugs' in a lot of ways was more about the police than the yakuza gangs. The corruption and hypocrisy of the law were at the center stage. A bleak, poweful film with great performances.