『Blood of Revenge』
The model yakuza film. Be intoxicated before Junko Fuji and Koji Tsuruta’s juicy love scene.

『Blood of Revenge』

Director:Tai Kato

Cast:Koji Tsuruta, Junko Fuji, Masahiko Tsugawa, Kanbi Fujiyama




Distribution: Toei


Enomoto, the second generation boss of Kiyatatsu, is attacked by a thug. This was set up by rival Hoshino to ruin Kiyatatsu. Though harassments continue, Asajiro follows the bosses order to remain chivalrous. The second generation boss dies, and Asajiro succeeds as the third boss. Behind his succession, were plans to make the second boss’s son Haruo quit the yakuza.


1965, Tai Kato’s films start to become more dignified. Kanjuro Arashi’s rapidness, as Boss resting due to injury, in getting up to face an assassin, the perfect timing of the steam engines and boats that pass by the window, Koji Tsuruta beating his own son Masahiko Tsugawa at a funeral, Junko Fuji and Koji Tsuruta’s love scene by the riverside. They all engrave pulses of action that lie beneath tragedy, the premonitions of a commotion. Words and reasoning are unnecessary for such a miraculous film experience. One only needs to indulge their self, to watch maestro Tai Kato’s conduct.

Director:Tai Kato

Absorbed by silent films such as the Daisuke Ito films, he enters the film industry with the help of his uncle, Sadao Yamanaka. He makes his debut as director in 1951, mainly directing period and yakuza films with Toei. After the 60’s, with his experiences in major films of many genres and productions, he builds his reputation with the fixed, low-angle, long-take shots, and action films reminding of the energetic films of the past. His affectionate and wrathful narrative that portrays the passionate lives of men and women who live outside social expectations, and his directing skills fully using the depth of a wide screen to vividly show the characters, are outstanding in the world’s history of cinema. The 1998 Locarno International Film Festival’s retrospective surprised many cinephiles. This will be a significant screening to see how the world interprets his talent, that portrayed domestic stories as universal action films.