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Kinji Fukasaku 
Written by: on November 29th, 2004

Kinji Fukasaku was born July 3rd, 1930 in Mito, Japan. Fukasaku in 1961 made his directorial debut and around this time he would meet Sonny Chiba with whom he would form a close collaboration through out the years. Early on in his career Fukasaku would establish himself who made contemporary crime films that explored deeper social issues of the time. Fukasaku style of filmmaking is rooted in the French new wave and the Italian neo-realism movements prominent at the time.

Fukasaku’s star began to rise in the late 1960’s with experimental films like Black Lizard and Black Rose Mansion that were based more in soap opera drama then his usual visceral laced films. As the 1960’s came to an end with films like Blackmail Is My Life and Japan Organized Crime Boss are building blocks for the Yakuza films he was about to unleash on the world. Fukasaku with Street Mobster would move into his most productive and creative period of his career.

After Street Mobster he would direct Battles Without Honor and Humanity which was a huge box office hit and it would be followed by four sequels. Fukasaku with the Battles Without Honor and Humanity had stripped these Yakuza films of all the glamour that is normally associated with crime films giving these films and this genre a more gritty realistic look. Toei wanted Fukasaku to continue to make more Battles Without Honor and Humanity films. By this time he had grown tired of this genre and was ready to try something new.

After leaving the crime genre behind Fukasaku would direct science fiction, horror and samurai films most of them starring Sonny Chiba. In 1992 Fukasaku would return to the crime genre that had brought him to prominence twenty years before with the film Triple Cross. With a career that spanned five decades and a filmography that is diverse and accomplished as any director past or present. Fukasaku is achieved his greatest international success with the controversial film Battle Royale released in 2001. Sadly Kinji Fukasaku passed away on January 12th, 2003 from prostate cancer.


Battle Royale II: Requiem (2003)
Clock Tower 3 (2003)
Battle Royale (2001)
The Geisha House (1999)
Crest of Betrayal (1994)
Triple Cross (1992)
A Chaos of Flowers (1988)
Sure-Fire Death 4: We Will Avenge You (1987)
House on Fire (1986)
Shanghai Rhapsody (1984)
Theater of Life (1983)
Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983)
Fall Guy (1982)
Lovers Lost (1982)
Samurai Reincarnation (1981)
The Gate of Youth (1981)
Virus (1980)
The Shogun’s Samurai (1978)
Message From Space: Galactic Wars (1978)
Swords of Vengeance (The Fall of Ako Castle) (1978)
Doberman Cop (1977)
Proxy War in Hokuriku (1977)
Bôsô panikku: Daigekitotsu (1976)
Yakuza Graveyard (1976)
New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Last Days of the Boss (1976)
Shikingen gôdatsu (1975)
New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss’s Head (1975)
Cops Vs Thugs (1975)
Graveyard of Honor (1975)
New Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1974)
The Yakuza Papers: Final Episode (1974)
The Yakuza Papers: Police Tactics (1974)
The Yakuza Papers: Proxy War (1973)
The Yakuza Papers: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (1973)
The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
Hito-kiri Yota: Kyoken San-kyodai (1972)
Street Mobster (1972)
Sympathy For The Underdog (1971)
Chi-zome no daimon (1970)
If You Were Young: Rage (1970)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) (Japan sequences)
Japan Organized Crime Boss (1969)
Mansion of the Black Rose (1969)
Bakuto Kaisan-shiki (1968)
Black Lizard (1968)
Blackmail Is My Life (1968)
The Green Slime (1968)
Kaisan shiki (1967)
Hokkai no Abare-Ryu (1966)
Showa saidai no kaoyaku (1966)
Kamikaze yarô (1966)
Odoshi (1966)
Wolves, Pigs & Men (1964)
Jakoman and Tetsu (1964)
Gyangu 7 (1963)
Gang vs. G-Men (1962)
The Proud Challenge (1962)
Vigilante in the Funky Hat (1961)
Vigilante in the Funky Hat: 200,000 Yen Arm (1961)
The Drifting Detective (1961)
Fûraibô tantei: Misaki o wataru kuroi kaze (1961)
Greed in Broad Daylight (1961)

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