As the combined power of TokyoScope, Pulp magazine, and the Tattooed Hit Man began to light fires in garbage cans all over the Kanto region, host Takeshi Kitano was heard to say, “being human is normal, and violent expression like yakuza movies is necessary as a catharsis”.
To which we quote Omar Epps in BROTHER, "I loooooves you aneeeee-keeeee!"
THE MYSTIQUE OF JAPANESE
YAKUZA GANGSTER FILMS IS EXPLORED AT VIZ CINEMA IN TOKYOSCOPE: THE WILD AND CRAZY WORLD OF JAPANESE CULTFILMS
New Lecture Series
Launches In March With An Installment On Gangster Cinema; SEGA To Demo New
Yakuza 3 Video Game
San Francisco, CA, February 25, 2010 – The shadowy and often bloody celluloid
world of Japanese gangsters – hit men, loan
sharks, outlaws, gamblers and tattooed tough guys – or “yakuza” cinema, is
explored in detail in TokyoScope: The
Wild & Crazy World of Japanese Cult Films, a new lecture series launching at VIZ Cinema on Friday, March 5th.
TokyoScope, Vol.1 Yakuza
Night Fever begins at 6:00pm with a
reception and discussion to be hosted by Patrick Macias, Editor-in-Chief
of Otaku USA, a leading national magazine
on anime and Asian pop culture.
Also sponsored by SEGA® of
America, the evening will feature highlights ofYakuza 3, the eagerly anticipated new release
for the PlayStation 3 that debuts on March 9th. Preceding the
release, SEGA will demonstrate Yakuza 3
in a special sneak preview and give away the actual game (valued at $54.99) to
lucky 10 winners at the event. Tickets for the
event are $10.00.
hour-long lecture starts at 7:00pm and will trace the history of gangster
cinema in Japan, highlighted with clips from such genre masterpieces as Brutal Tales of Chivalry, Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Dead or Alive, and Like a Dragon. Macias will discuss the culture of the yakuza genre and
its action-packed, blood-soaked cinematography, along with themes of loyalty
and betrayal these films often explore.
SEGA’s Yakuza 3 is the next chapter in the
prestigious video game saga, offering an authentic, gritty and, often, violent
story set in modern day Japan. Following the events of the previous game,
Kazuma and Haruka (his adopted daughter) have left Kamurochoto to seek a new
life in Okinawa where they manage an orphanage for children. However, their
peaceful life is soon interrupted when a series of events unfold, pulling
Kazuma back into the shadowy past he thought he had left behind. Making its
first appearance exclusively on the PlayStation 3 platform, the rich story and
vibrant world of Yakuza 3 lets
players engage in intense brutal clashes on the streets of Okinawa, and the
pulsating and, often, dangerous city of Tokyo where only the strongest will
survive. Yakuza 3 will carry an ESRB
rating of ‘M’ For Mature Audiences.
VIZ Cinema is the nation’s first movie
theatre devoted exclusively to Japanese film and anime. The 143-seat subterranean theatre is located in the basement of the NEW
PEOPLE building and features plush seating, digital as well as 35mm projection,
and a THX®-certified sound system.
NEW PEOPLE offers the
latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan and is the creative vision of the J-Pop Center Project
and VIZ Pictures, a distributor and producer of Japanese live action film.
Located at 1746 Post Street, the 20,000 square foot structure features a
striking 3-floor transparent glass façade that frames a fun and exotic new
environment to engage the imagination into the 21st Century. A
dedicated web site is also now available at: www.NewPeopleWorld.com.
Just a head’s up about my event at San Francisco’s NEW PEOPLE on March/5…It’s going to be the first in a series of TOKYOSCOPE themed presentations. This one will be called YAKUZA NIGHT FEVER and it will be a launch party for Sega’s US release of YAKUZA 3 for the PlayStation 3. I will be discussing the violent and explosive history of Japanese gangster flicks, showing a ton of crazy clips (including an actual pinkie cutting ceremony!!!) in a THX certified theater, and Sega will be giving away lots 'o freebies, including multiple copies of YAKUZA 3 well before the street date. There's also going to be a small exhibition of some of my yakuza movie flotsam and jetsam (books, posters, VHS clam shells) a few days prior and after the event. A full press release from NEW PEOPLE is expected shortly, but the basics facts are already up on their website and “down dere”. Hope you can all make it!
Friday, 3/5 7:00pm
TokyoScope: The wild and crazy world of Japanese cult films Vol.1 YAKUZA NIGHT FEVER! Hosted by Patrick Macias Sponsored by SEGA of America, Inc.
**Reception party starts at 6:00pm
Come celebrate the launch of J-pop culture critic Patrick Macias’s film lecture series at VIZ Cinema! The event is followed by a game demo of Yakuza 3 to be released on Tue, March 9th, PLUS a raffle giveaway of Yakuza 3 sponsored by SEGA! Our good friend Patrick Macias, a.k.a editor in chief of OTAKU U.S.A, gives us deep insights on the wild and crazy world of Japanese cult films, this time through the history of YAKUZA (Japanese mob) movies!
Well, here we are blinded by the color and the sleeve art from the third single from V-Cinema superstar Riki Takeuchi's RIKI project. And boy, are we a long way from his appearances in Miike movies like Dead or Alive and several hundred straight to video gangster flicks. Entitled "MA-TSU-RI", the song makes the perfect musical accompaniment to shotgunning Sapporo tallboys and scarfing greasy yakisoba at your local neighborhood festival. RIKI even goes one better by banging on the taiko drums, wrestling a bear Mas Oyama style, anything to entertain you for the frankly amazing music video below. Summer means fun, especially when, as the Amazon.jp copy puts it, "Riki has started a rampage through the city!" And don't all the tekiya love him for it?
Man, I almost forgot I had these: photo stills from that Toei golden oldie やくざ刑事 マリファナ密売組織 / YAKUZA COP - MARIJUANA SMUGGLING OPERATION (AKA The Assassin, 1970, Yukio Noda). And there's Sonny Chiba down in front about to toot on a funny smelling cheroot . Crazy, man. I got the complete set at Mandarake Nakano for like 15 bucks or something.
They break out and twirl the color light wheel for the scene itself, although the set of pics only comes in black and white. The rolling paper ready bag they come wrapped in smells like old movie theaters with more than just a smoky hint of the home office itself. Thank god customs never found this in my luggage!
Found today at Cherry Blossom Eiga. Has anyone out there ever actually played the Hiroki Matsukata fishing game for the Super Famicom before? It must be amazing and involve big bottles of sake and chain smoking somehow.