Notable Cast: Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Ando, Asao Koike, Hideo Murota, Kyosuke Machida, Mayumi Nagisa, Noburo Mitani, Asao Uchida, Takeo Chii, Mayumi Fujisato
Arrow Video has made a statement when it comes to bringing some of the best of old school Japanese action films to its fans. Most of these are attached to the more popular auteur cult directors and, as of recently, they have tripled down on the films of Kinji Fukasaku. If you’ve followed this site for any length, then you already know that Fukasaku is a regular staple here and we attempt to run coverage on new releases for the director as much as possible. The latest from Arrow Video – thus, the latest review for Blood Brothers – is for his groundbreaking film, Street Mobster. While the film is not quite the epic tale as his Battles Without Honor and Humanity and doesn’t hit the thematic and heavy levels of some of his later yakuza films like Graveyard of Honor, it does have this raw and energetic approach that allows it to flow. Featuring some fantastic performances and a devil may care attitude, Street Mobster is another classic to add to Fukasaku’s gangster classics that any fan of Japanese cinema will want to add to their collection.
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All in all, Street Mobster is something of a surprise as a film. It may be the iconic director finding his footing in a newer style that he would eventually take to the height of its run, but it never feels like it. It has a rough and tumble tone to it, chaotic and often viciously abrasive, and it is powered by some phenomenal performances and stylistic moments. It may lack some of the refinement, but that only powers its energy. Fans of Fukasaku will want to this immediately. Hell, cinephiles should all check this one out. Street Mobster is gritty and grand entertainment.
- High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
- Original uncompressed PCM mono audio
- Optional English subtitles
- Audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes
- Theatrical trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writting on the film by Jasper Sharp