The plot centres around a Yakuza troublemaker released from prison only to discover that the crime underworld in which he used to operate and the socio-political landscape of Japan has changed dramatically.
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Classic yakuza movie about a fresh out of jail street punk who tries to climb the ladder of crime without respecting anyone, with bloody results. Fukasaku's style in this one is extremely dynamic, bordering on frenetic, mirroring his uncontrollable protagonist.
Stagnant in emotion and senseless in its schlocky outlook, this Japanese film is a mid-quality Grindhouse film and has an atypical seedy feel. Street Mobster may be sure of itself in its aesthetic but carries little interest or investment into the proceedings and feels repetitive and non-involving. Not as witty and fun as Fukasaku's other just-as-trashy works, like Battle Royale, either.