Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen

This is a 2015 comedy/crime film directed by Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, and starring a few of the most well known actors from Japanese film and TV.

It is the story of Ryuzo, an ex-yakuza, and his ex-yakuza buddies getting the gang back together to fight a group of young gangsters who are ripping off old people. There are a few other elements to the story, but they don’t really mesh together, rather they are separate side stories which don’t really help the main plot.

Unfortunately the comedy is very corny and resorts to fart and toilet jokes quite a lot. It was also very inconsistent at times, and when Ryuzo had to walk through a red-light district dressed like this…

…I had written off the comedy part of the film.

I haven’t seen any other Kitano films, but he is well respected so I am sure he could have made a better film than this one. There were one or two laughs here and there, and the acting was fine but not great, but on the whole it is a film for the older Japanese generation who want to reminisce about the old days, which is fine but not my cup of green tea.

Kitano is a regular on TV here. He has his own prime TV show which is part “That”s Incredible”, game show, and comedy. It has been on air since 1997.

Date watched: April 21st
Score: 5/10
Film count 2018: 30

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