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Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld

Gokudou Daisensou

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 2015
Crime, Horror, Action


In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Kamiura. Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire – a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss.

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Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld Directed by Takashi Miike
Stay foolish!" is the advice handed down by the yakuza’s leader – and accordingly, Miike’s film remains deliriously daft until its final oater-style showdown, with the titular apocalypse coming in absurd tokusatsu form. Miike delivers a genre-leaping monstrosity, all at once insane, inane and irresistible.
October 22, 2015
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Miike is unique here for his controlled, even classical handling of relentlessly bonkers material, a truly disconcerting combination—something akin to Fuller in Shock Corridor or Ruiz in Three Lives and Only One Death. The film may exhaust as much as it thrills, but it’s clearly the work of a talent at once untamed and assured, whose world is never more vibrant than when racing toward total annihilation.
September 15, 2015
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Seeing three [sedate Japanese films] in quick succession can make it tricky to tell the films apart – a fact which made the relief of witnessing the lurid violence of Takashi Miike’s vampire-gangster film Yakuza Apocalypse in the Quinzaine all the more welcome (Miike’s work being the generic flipside to the national cinema developed by his compatriots).
June 13, 2015
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