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Gangs & Gangsters: Japan: see Japan & Gangs US & Gangs US: New York etc. & Mafia US etc. & Crime & Violence & Mob & Motorbikes & GBH Films & Drugs & Heists & Smuggling

Seven Samurai 1954 - Yakuza: Gangster Brotherhood TV - Misha Glenny - 13 Assassins 2010 - Sanjuro 1962 - Street Mobster 1972 - Dragnet Girl 1933 - Tokyo Drifter 1955 - Sukiyaki Western Django 2007 - The Last of the Samurai 2003 - Bunraku 2010 - The Yukuza 1974 - Sonatine 1993 - Into the Sun 2005 - The Office TV -  

 

 

23,238.  In the 16th century, during the Civil Wars, an endless cycle of conflict left the countryside overrun by bandits.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Gangs: Japan)  Seven Samurai 1954 starring Tikashi Shimura & Isao Kimura & Yoshio Inaba & Daisuke Kato & Minoru Chiaki & Seiji Miyaguchi & Toshiro Mifune & Bokuzen Hidari & Kamatari Fujiwara & Keiko Tsushima & Yoshio Tsuchiya et al, director Akira Kurosawa, opening caption

 

23,239.  Is there no God to protect us?  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & God & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  village woman

 

23,240.  We’ll fight.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Fight & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  old man  

 

23,241.  Defence is more difficult than offence.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  #1 Samurai

 

23,242.  This job affords no stipend and no reward.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Job & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

23,243.  There’s no creature on earth as wily as a farmer.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Farmer & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  mad Samurai

 

23,244.  I want to die quickly.  I want to die soon.  And leave this suffering behind.  But you know, the other world may be just as full of suffering as this one.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Death & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  old woman

 

23,245.  If you only think of yourself, you’ll only destroy yourself.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Self & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  #1 Samurai

 

23,246.  In the end, we lost this battle too.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Battle & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  #1 Samurai

 

 

18,150.  In modern-day Japan there’s an ancient brotherhood of gangsters known as the Yakuza.  Secretive organisations that control a criminal empire.  (Gangs: Japan & Japan)  Yakuza: Gangster Brotherhood

 

18,151.  The Yakuza is one of the world’s biggest mafias.  Over 80,000 mobsters control crime rackets, drug deals, human trafficking and protection.  (Gangs: Japan & Japan)  ibid.

 

18,152.  Across Japan more than twenty crime syndicates compete for a piece of the action.  (Gangs: Japan & Japan)  ibid.

 

18,153.  In Japan the Yakuza are legal organisations.  (Gangs: Japan & Japan)  ibid.

 

18,154.  Some people take their problems directly to their local Yakuza.  (Gangs: Japan & Japan)  ibid.

 

18,155.  Some estimates claim that up to a half of all Yakuza members have sacrificed a finger to their boss.  (Gangs: Japan & Japan & Finger)  ibid.

 

18,156.  In recent years Yakuza turf wars have turned more vicious and deadly.  (Gangs: Japan & Japan)  ibid.

 

18,157.  The Yakuza are survivors.  (Gangs: Japan & Japan)  ibid.

 

 

95,636.  Land-sharking – the most ruthless business practice to emerge during the baburu, and one that quickly produced a dizzy mixing of Japan’s mighty corporate world with the proud yakuza underworld.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  Misha Glenny, McMafia

 

95,637.  Large parts of Kansai (western Japan) were rocked by the most bloody yakuza war on record.  Hundreds of members and associates of the Yamaguchi-gumi and the Ichiwa-kai fell victim in carefully coordinated hits.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

95,638.  The public despaired both of the yakuza behaviour and the apparent inability of the police to do anything about the violence.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

95,641.  Business started to borrow money.  Lots of it ... The stock market shot into the stratosphere ... It was not long before the extraordinary speculation on the Nikkei found its way into the property market ... A lot of people didn’t want to sell, and so the companies and banks turned to muscle – the yakuza.  (Japan & Property & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  

 

95,642.  Japan’s legal and illegal worlds were steadily becoming indistinguishable, and nowhere was that distinction more fuzzy and impenetrable than at the Sumitomo Bank.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan & Banksters)  ibid.

 

95,643.  Itoman [subsidiary of Sumitomo] squandered about half a billion dollars of its capital, and police estimated that about half of this ended up in the coffers of the Yamaguchi-gumi.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan & Banksters)  ibid.

 

95,644.  Japanese taxpayers underwrote the excesses of the bubble period, subsidising the obscene money-grabbing in which both the zaibatsu and the yakuza had indulged.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan & Banksters)  ibid. 

 

95,645.  We stroll into the bar on the corner ... a cumbersome old TV from the 1970s on its last legs, but still pumping out Japanese music videos.  In general, the cliche holds that the Japanese maintain a stark social reserve, but such considerations are brushed aside as the landlady beams excitedly at Django, while placing some raw fish and tofy in front of us.  She grabs the telephone and calls her friends. ‘Django’s here.  Come on down.’  (Japan & Gangs: Japan & Pub)  ibid.

 

95,648.  Like most established organised criminal communities, the yakuka have a complex mythology about their origins.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

95,649.  Apart from those who have lost their little fingers, the most ostentatious mark of yakuza membership if the tattoo.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

138,744.  They remain a core element of Japanese society, but since the collapse of the bubble they have faced unprecedented challenges to their authority, but from their enemies at home and, increasingly, from foreign rivals who are beginning to squeeze their economic base.  Like the rest of Japan, the yakuza are encountering some difficulty in adapting to a globalising world.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

95,650.  Contrary to popular assumptions, they did not shoot, extort or bribe their way to the top: they are, bizarrely, a product of Japan’s legal system.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

95,652.  In its core activity, the yakuza are not only a privatised police force; they are a self-contained judicial system as well – criminal syndicates as cops, barristers, judge and jury.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

95,653.  The government felt able to pass the Law Regarding the Prevention of Unjust Acts by Organised Criminal Syndicate Members in 1991.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

95,654.  So the yakuza enjoys the unique status of being a legal and an illegal entity simultaneously.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid. 

 

95,656.  Since 1991 the police have registered a significant consolidation of jakuza  power into just three families – the Yamaguchi-gumi and two Tokyo-based groups, the Sumiyoshi-kai and the Inagawa-kai.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

95,657.  Their main headache recently has been the police – not in the shape of any crackdown on the families, but because of pachinko, Japan’s national sport ... Pachinko machines colonise whole high-rise buildings like mechanical spores, and players remain biologically attached to their machines for hours on end.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan & Gambling)  ibid.

 

95,658.  But while pachinko is gambling, it is in fact strictly legal and has an annual turnover estimated at about £300 billion, twice the value of the entire Japanese automobile industry, and somewhere in the region of the total global narcotics market!  (Japan & Gangs: Japan & GamblIng)  ibid.

 

95,659.  The yakuza are combating their recruitment difficulties provoked by an ageing society and the declining prestige of their organisation by subcontracting Chinese groups to carry out the least attractive and riskiest part of the business.  (Japan & Gangs: Japan)  ibid  

 

 

23,247.  As feudal Japan enjoys peace, the samurai era is waning.  But this fragile calm is threatened by the growing power of Lord Naritsugu, the Shogun’s sadistic younger brother.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Assassinations & Gangs: Japan)  13 Assassins 2010 starring Kōji Yakusho & Takayuki Yamada & Yūsuke Iseya & Gorō Inagaki & Masachika Ichimura & Mikijirō Hira et al, director Takashi Miike

 

23,248.  Lord Naritsugu was born with a vicious nature.  His lust for flesh and dishonourable conduct cannot be pardoned.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Assassinations & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.

 

23,249.  My son and his new bride slain before my very eyes.  This is torture.  Rather than living in disgrace, I ponder harakiri.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Assassinations & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  dude

 

23,250.  He who values his life, died a dog’s death.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Assassinations & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  Shinzaemon

 

23,251.  With twelve men challenging a bigger enemy, no matter how much we plan, we must have faith in luck.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Luck & Assassinations & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  Shinzaemon

 

23,252.  We are nobodies.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Assassinations & Gangstas: Japan)  ibid.  Samurai

 

23,253.  Twelve men can never defeat two hundred.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Assassinations & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  Samurai

 

23,254.  With death comes gratitude for life.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Death & Assassinations & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  Lord Naritsugu

 

23,255.  Ours is not to wonder why.  Ours is to obey our fate and die.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Death & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  Hanbei

 

23,256.  Bring a samurai is truly a burden.  (Martial Arts & GBH Films & Assassin & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  Lord Naritsugu  

 

 

27,928.  People may not be what they seem; it’s dangerous.  (GBH Films & Martial Arts & People & Gangs: Japan)  Sanjuro 1962 starring Toshiro Mifune & Tatsuya Nakadai & Yuzo Kayama & Takako Irie & Reiko Dan & Takashi Shimura et al, director Akira Kurosawa, Sanjuro

 

27,929.  Killing people on the slightest pretext is a bad habit.  (GBH Films & Martial Arts & Killing & Gangs: Japan)  ibid.  woman in barn

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