As Japan gears up for the 1964 Olympic games, the cops start to crack down under pressure from the public and the press, adding a new dimension in the war for power among the yakuza families of Hiroshima. Akira Kobayashi's Takeda tries to keep a lid on things, but hotheaded underlings create chaos, with one boss whacked in neutral territory, and the craven boss, Uchimoto, informing on an assassination attempt by his own minions. While the police round up hundreds of yakuza foot soldiers, Bunta Sugawara's Shozo Hirono plots to finally take out longtime nemesis, boss Yamamori.
|Original Title||:||仁義なき戦い 頂上作戦|
|Release Date||:||January 15, 1974|
|Genres||:||Action, Crime, Drama|
|Writers||:||Koichi Iiboshi, Kazuo Kasahara|
|Casts||:||Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tatsuo Umemiya, Toshio Kurosawa, Hiroki Matsukata, Kunie Tanaka, Nobuo Kaneko, Takeshi Katô, Asao Koike, Shingo Yamashiro, Nobuo Yana, Seizô Fukumoto, Ryûji Katagiri, Shinichirô Mikami, Isao Natsuyagi, Ryô Nishida|
|Plot Keywords||:||yakuza, gang war, police, hiroshima, murder, mafia, mob boss|
The fourth and penultimate film in Kenji Fukasaku's epic quintet of yakuza films that began with BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR OR HUMANITY. Fans of this series can expect more of the same in terms of sudden and explicit violence countered with lots of scenes of eating, drinking, and plotting. As with the previous films in this series, it's all about the politics of power, and the struggle for supremacy between rival factions.
A word of warning: if you haven't watched any of the previous films, you'll struggle with what's going on here, because back story is everything. If you have watched the previous films, I can say that this one is a slight step down in quality, although still enjoyable; perhaps it's the familiarity of the whole thing that makes this one drag a little, the need for a proper resolution.
POLICE TACTICS is still an enjoyable film, although series lead Bunta Sugawara takes something of a back seat here as other players come to fame and fortune and feature heavily. Fukasaku's direction is as strong as ever, and the calibre of the performances never fails to disappoint. The series would close with the fifth and last film, FINAL EPISODE.