Arrow Video are bringing the 1972 Japanese yakuza film ‘Street Mobster‘ (現代やくざ 人斬り与太) to US Blu-ray on August 7, 2018.
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the film revolves around a yakuza who finds himself leading the remnants of the gang he once belonged to in order to secure an area of their own. The cast includes Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Ando, Asao Koike, Hideo Murota, and Kyosuke Machida.
Synopsis: When Okita Isamu (Bunta Sugawara, ‘Cops VS Thugs’) re-emerges onto the mean streets of Kawazaki after five years in prison for a string of brutal crimes, he comes face to face with prostitute Kinuyo, who immediately pinpoints him as one of the participants in her brutal sexual assault years earlier that left her shell-shocked and consigned to the life of a sex worker. While the two outcasts form an unlikely bond, Okita returns to his criminal ways. He is approached by veteran gangster Kizaki (Noboru Andô, ‘Graveyard of Honour’), who encourages him to round up a group of local chinpira street punks to shake up the uneasy agreement between the two rival yakuza groups, who between them control the city s bars, gambling dens and entertainment areas. However, when the new outfit goes too far into the turf of the big boys, they find themselves caught in the midst of a violent reprisal, before an offer of patronage appears from an unlikely source.
• High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
• Original uncompressed PCM mono audio
• Optional English subtitles
• Audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes
• Theatrical trailer
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writting on the film by Jasper Sharp
‘Street Mobster’ is available for pre-order from Amazon.com.