Big Time Gambling Boss 01/21/23

Region A + B Blu-ray

What a discovery . . . I’m glad this was recommended to me. Kôsaku Yamashita’s powerful 1968 yakuza drama belongs to the semi-chivalrous ‘honor and code’ tradition. Crime clan blood brothers Kôji Tsuruta and Tomisaburô Wakayama are good men caught between conflicting loyalties to family, friends, and the yakuza credo. Clashes of honor lead to unavoidable ‘knives out’ confrontations. It’s as intense as the Japanese classics. The extras offer a refresher in yakuza customs and protocol, with expert guidance from Chris D. and Mark Schilling. On Region A + B Blu-ray from Radiance.