Cops Vs. Thugs

Kino Video   (1975) / Region 1
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Cops Vs. Thugs

In his 1975 masterpiece Cops vs. Thugs, director Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) paints a dynamic portrait of flourishing corruption and unchecked greed using gritty 70's cop movie élan and true crime expose detail. Brimming with irresistibly brutal vitality, Cops vs. Thugs demonstrates why Fukasaku counts filmmakers Takeshi Kitano, Quentin Tarantino and Takeshi Miike as devoted acolytes.

It's 1963 and the Kurashima City yakuza underworld has narrowed to two warring clans. The Kawade gang uses political influence to legitimatize their rackets, while the Ohara group shares an uneasy alliance with corrupt local cops. But when Boss Ohara initiates a bold waterfront land-grab, the precarious balance between gangsters, police, and politicians tips towards a bloodbath. "Drop dead, it'll clean the city," growls the Violence Squad's Detective Kuno to a group of Kawade assassins en route to a night club massacre. But Kuno's own hands are not spotless. Torn between his childhood connections with a yakuza kingpin, mounting pressure from reformer superiors, and the trigger happy gun-lust that led him to the police f-rce in the first place, Kuno occupies the eye of Cops vs. Thugs' full-f-rce hurricane of ferocious action. Coolly supplementing the body count on both sides, Kuno is a quick-triggered pilgrim in a world where, "gangsters and cops are the same. They both respect codes and laws."

From an impromptu precinct men's room conjugal visit to a bicycle-mounted beheading, Cops vs. Thugs sneaks scathing social critique inside a blood-splattered soufflé of audacious photography and grisly violence, garnished with Toshiaki Tsushima's wah-wah drive score.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 08 2006
  • Production Year 1975
  • Empire SKU 1160302
  • UPC Code 738329046828
  • Studio  Kino Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

Original Japanese Trailers
Stills Gallery

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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