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Retaliation (1968) | Blu-ray release – Yasuharu Hasebe’s gritty Japanese gangster thriller

Retaliation (1968)

In 1968, Japanese director Yasuharu Hasebe (opens in new tab) teamed up with the inimitable Jô Shishido (Branded to Kill, Youth of the Beast) for a follow up to their 1967 yakuza hit, Massacre Gun (opens in new tab).

A tale of gang warfare that features a raft of the period’s most iconic stars, Akira Kobayashi (opens in new tab) is a yakuza lieutenant who emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his sickbed. Shishido is the rival waiting to kill him and a young Meiko Kaji is the girl caught in the crossfire. Gritty and cynical, Retaliation (opens in new tab) is a hardboiled precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s revisionist yakuza pictures of the 1970s.

Retaliation (1968)

From Arrow Films comes the Blu-ray world premiere release (opens in new tab)