Yakuza Graveyard

Kino Video   (1976) / Region 1
Yakuza Graveyard

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From The Director Of Battle Royale And The Yakuza Papers

One of maverick Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku's (Battle Royale, Cops vs. Thugs) "darkest thug-operas" (Village Voice), Yakuza Graveyard is a gritty, brutally violent action film, a mature, poetic achievement in personal filmmaking, and a trenchant x-ray of xenophobic post-war Japanese society.

Tormented by guilt and embroiled in a literal dead-end affair with a woman he widowed in the line of duty, renegade Detective Kuroiwa (Tetsuya Watari - Tokyo Drifter) is the one-man definition of "rogue cop." When his corrupt superiors assign Kuroiwa to the organized crime beat, they inadvertently pull the pin on a gun-toting human hand-grenade. Violating his "hands-off" orders, Kuroiwa plunges fists first into the Nishida gang yakuza underworld. And when he meets Keiko (70s Japanese action film icon Meiko Kaji - Lady Snowblood, Female Prisoner Scorpion), the beautiful half-Korean wife of an imprisoned Nishida boss, Kuroiwa finds himself risking much more than just his badge. Outlaw cop and gang-moll become both lovers and unwitting pawns in a brazen, police-sanctioned yakuza power-grab conspiracy. As Kuroiwa is f-rced to choose a side, the stage is set for betrayal, degradation and massacre.

A story of personal depravity, national racism, and romantic self-sacrifice, Yakuza Graveyard takes its place alongside Oshima's In the Realm of the Senses and Shohei Imamura's Vengeance Is Mine as one of the handful of spectacularly graphic and accomplished downward spiral films of 70s Japanese cinema. Kino makes this unjustly overlooked masterpiece available for the first time on US DVD.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 08 2006
  • Production Year 1976
  • Empire SKU 1160305
  • UPC Code 738329046729
  • Studio  Kino Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Original Japanese Trailers
Publicity Stills


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

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