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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
All bets are off and egregious, tiresome stupidity reigns. Protracted martial arts sequences take over, intercut with scenes of people talking in rooms. A man dressed as a giant frog who is billed as the world’s most dangerous terrorist enters the fray, which is quite funny for about two minutes, but loses its shine after 40.
January 06, 2016
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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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Scene by scene, the movie builds toward the big conflagration hinted in at the title… A diehard fan can’t help but miss the poignancy that Miike was able to invest into his scattershot early films, where his creativity often outmatched his resources. Still, Yakuza Apocalypse is the kind of free-for-all only Miike could stage—pitting not merely different characters, but different genres and tones against each other, until the world cracks in two under the weight.
October 08, 2015
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