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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: RAD058BDLE
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137155843
  • Street Date: 06/25/24
  • PreBook Date: 05/21/24
  • Label: Radiance »
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run Time: 93 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: MONO
  • Year of Production: 1971
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 25
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: Japanese

 

Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Koji Tsuruta
  • Actor: Tomisaburo Wakayama
  • Actor: Noboru Ando
  • Actor: Tsunehiko Watase
  • Actor: Akiko Kudô
  • Actor: Kenji Imai
  • Actor: Harumi Sone
  • Actor: Tôru Yuri
  • Actor: Asao Uchida
  • Actor: Hideo Murota
  • Actor: Keijirô Morozumi
  • Actor: Keiichi Kitagawa
  • Actor: Hiroshi Hasegawa
  • Actor: Shôken Sawa
  • Actor: Kaku Takashina
  • Actor: Takashi Hio
  • Actor: Genji Kawai
  • Actor: Shinobu Miura
  • Director: Kinji Fukasaku

 

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Sympathy For The Underdog

Returning from a ten-year prison sentence, former gang leader Gunji (Koji Tsuruta, Big Time Gambling Boss) finds that his turf has been taken over

Sympathy For The Underdog
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Returning from a ten-year prison sentence, former gang leader Gunji (Koji Tsuruta, Big Time Gambling Boss) finds that his turf has been taken over by his former enemy, now a large crime syndicate with a legal corporate front. Looking for new opportunities, he gathers his old crew and heads for the island of Okinawa, a legal grey zone ripe for the taking. Made just before Kinji (Yakuza Graveyard) Fukasaku's 1970s streak of yakuza movie masterpieces, Sympathy for the Underdog is a key film in the development of this director's unique style and themes.

Media

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Bonus Materials

  • High-Definition digital transfer
  • Uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Audio commentary by yakuza film expert Nathan Stuart (2024)
  • Interview with Fukasaku biographer Olivier Hadouchi (2024)
  • Visual essay on Okinawa on screen by film historian and author Aaron Gerow (2024)
  • Trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Bastian Meiresonne and an archival review of the film

Sales Points

  • Yakuza classic from the director of BATTLE ROYALE & YAKUZA GRAVEYARD
  • First time on Blu-ray
  • For fans of Fukasaku's BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY

Press Quotes

Sympathy for the Underdog is something of a transition... but it is every bit as accomplished in style and technique as Fukasaku's later films

     —Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Stylish and hard-boiled, pivotal early crime drama in the celebrated career of the director who changed the face of Japanese action cinema

     —Gary Tooze, DVD Beaver

A strong and often engrossing film that any fan of yakuza or Fukasaku movies should know, a major marker in the development of the yakuza genre

     —David Grote, Japanonfilm

  

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