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 installment of this series details how escalating violence amongst yakuza created a bloody fallout that resulted in the deaths of many innocent civilians. As a result of public and political pressure to crack down on the violence, the police were forced to act against the crime families they had co-existed with for so long.
You would be doing yourself a disservice watching this entry if you had not seen the previous three. It is simply the fifth hour in a close-to-eight-hour epic that examines, in fascinating detail, the rise of post-WW2 organized crime in Japan.
This is a particularly bloody, nasty installment that is filled with action, intrigue, political maneuvering and vicious back-stabbing.
Fukasaku's grasp of the material is firm and the performances remain at the highest standard.