Today is the anniversary of the sad death of the great Kinji Fukasaku. 10 years ago he passed away aged 72. When he was 15 years old, Fukasaku’s class was drafted, and he worked as a munitions worker during WWII . In July 1945, the class was caught in artillery fire. Since the children could not escape artillery fire, they had to dive under each other in order to survive. The surviving members of the class had to dispose of the corpses. Fukasaku realized that the Japanese government lied about World War II at that point; Fukasaku had a burning hatred of adults in general for a long time (shows why Battle Royale was so powerful eh!).

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Gang Vs G Men

Gang vs G Men (1962)

1964 Guns, Pigs and People, what a great title for a film-

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On the set of Graveyard of Honour (also known as The Geisha House).

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He was one of three director on Tora Tora Tora, I first saw this at the Uxbridge Odeon in 1970.

Tora Tora Tors

One of Quentin Tarantino’s go to directors when he needs to get ideas.

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In 2000 Kinji blew the world away with the awesome Battle Royale. Hunger Games, eat your heart out, this is the real deal.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0p1t-dC7Ko

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Sympathy for the Underdog (1971)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tyFD1_TfCE

Great article about Yakuza films.

http://www.wildgrounds.com/feature-yakuza-eiga-a-primer/

Thanks Kinji.

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