Tag: Juzo Itami

RIP, Hideji Otaki

Character actor Hideji Otaki has died. Otaki worked with directors including Akira Kurosawa, Juzo Itami, Masahiro Shinoda and Koreyoshi Kurahara in films such as Kagemusha; Minbo: The Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion; A Taxing Woman; Gonza the Spearman and Black Sun. The Japan Times and The Kyodo News […]

The Yakuza is not Your Friend

“Yakuza movies will always rock, and their heroes will always be the old-style yakuza, living and dying by their code of honor, but in real life the heroes are 603 normal people in the Kurume who are doing what the cops and the government will not: standing up […]