Film Review: Conflict (2016) by Kenichi Fujiwara

At the moment, the Yakuza film does not hold the place it used to in the Japanese cinema industry. However, occasionally some films in the genre do appear, with Kitano’s “Outrage” trilogy and Shiraishi’s “Blood of Wolves” being the most renowned of the latest years. It was a surprise to me though, to discover that an almost unknown 2016 film by Kenichi Fujiwara, was the best Yakuza film I have seen in years, to the point that I got really frustrated I had not heard anything about it before. It is also worth mentioning that the 163-minute film was produced to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the direct-to-video production company All In Entertainment.

Conflict is screening at Japan Film Fest Hamburg

Due to the anti-Yakuza Laws, the traditional organized crime is experiencing bad times, and the Tendo clan seems to be in a lot of trouble. One of the central members,
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