Sympathy for the Underdog Review: One of the best Japanese Gangster films

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Sympathy for the Underdog Review: One of the best Japanese Gangster films

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Sympathy for the Underdog (Bakuto gaijin butai) is about guts, brashness, and courage. It’s a wrenching gangster flick directed by Kinji Fukasaku whose Yakuza Papers was one of my favorite series of all time. His visual flare and his stylistic edits (accompanied by blaring music) make for some of the most memorable filmmaking I’ve seen, though that would all mean nothing without his cool characters. By that, I mean chillingly cool, more than Joe Chill from Get Shorty (who I loved)- guys who’d eat bullets for dessert. They’re rounded out by some of the funniest and unlikeliest gangsters in cinema, guys brimming with frailties, fears, greed, desire, and a whole lot of dumb bravado that ends up getting them killed. Sympathy stars Koji Tsuruta as Gunji, a gangster who just got out of jail after the Daitokai organization…

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