Battles Without Honour And Humanity - Dual Format (Includes DVD) Blu-ray


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Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) gave the world Japan’s answer to The Godfather with this violent yakuza saga, influencing filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs) to Takashi Miike (Graveyard of Honor, Audition). Made within just two years, the five-film series brought a new kind of realism and ferocity to the crime genre in Japan, revitalizing the industry and leading to unprecedented commercial and critical success.

Literally exploding onscreen with a mushroom cloud, and ending with Hiroshima’s A-bomb Dome, the epic story of Battles Without Honour and Humanity follows over 100 characters through twenty years of gang wars, alliances, betrayals, and assassinations, in an exciting exploration of criminal power and politics in Japan. In the opening episode, ex-soldier Shozo Hirono escapes from the post-war black markets to become a key member of the Yamamori gang, but soon finds himself disillusioned by the selfish duplicity of his bosses. Hiroshima Death Match focuses on a demobilized kamikaze pilot drifting through the early 1950’s, whose suicidal impulses find good use as a mob assassin. Proxy War and Police Tactics form a labyrinthine, two-part story of ambition and betrayal set against Japan’s rapid economic growth of the 1960’s, with Shozo caught between warring factions. Final Episode concludes the series in the 1970’s as the former Yamamori gang transforms itself into an economic conglomerate called the Tensei Group, in a bid for mainstream respectability.

Fukasaku and his team broke with the longstanding studio tradition of casting marquee idols as honorable, kimono-clad heroes, defending their gang bosses against unscrupulous villains, and instead adapted true accounts torn from the headlines, shot in a documentary-like style, and with few clear-cut heroes or villains. The vibrancy and dynamism of the filmmaking, plus its shocking violence, Shakespearean plotlines, and wide tapestry of characters, launched a revolutionary new genre, establishing the series as one of the great masterpieces of world crime cinema.

Limited Edition Contents:

  • Limited Edition Blu-ray Collection
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of all five original films
  • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
  • Optional English subtitles for all five films
  • Remembering Kinji – a new featurette about director Kinji Fukasaku and his work, featuring interviews with Kenta Fukasaku and film critic and Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
  • Secrets of the Piranha Army – a new documentary about the troupe of supporting actors who appeared throughout the series, featuring new interviews with original Piranha members Masaru Shiga and Takashi Noguchi, plus second-generation Piranha, Takashi Nishina and Akira Murota
  • All the Bad Guys – a new, comprehensive video guide to the actors in the films
  • Fukasaku Family – a new interview with Proxy War and Police Tactics assistant director Toru Dobashi
  • Man of Action – a new interview with series fight choreographer Ryuzo Ueno
  • Tales of a Bit Player – a new interview with supporting actor and stuntman Seizo Fukumoto
  • Last Days of the Boss – a new interview with Final Episode screenwriter Koji Takada
  • Yakuza Graveyard – a new interview with Takashi Miike about Kinji Fukasaku and the yakuza film genre
  • Original trailers for the series
  • Original poster gallery for the series
  • Limited Edition packaging and reversible sleeves for all five films including original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist

The Complete Saga - Limited Edition Exclusive

  • English-subtitled premiere of the 224-minute compilation edition of the first four films, previously screened only as part of a limited Japanese theatrical release in 1980 and on the Toei cable channel
  • Introduction by Complete Saga editorial supervisor Toru Dobashi

The Yakuza Papers - Limited Edition Exclusive

  • 150-page hardback book featuring writing on the history of the yakuza film genre, the background and continuing importance of the Battles series, and additional essays on the men who made them, including a newly-reprinted and fully annotated edition of Paul Schrader’s classic 1974 Film Comment essay Yakuza-Eiga: A Primer, a new, exclusive English translation of screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara’s 1974 Scenario magazine essay on his writing process for the first four films, as well as new essays and interviews from critics and authors Chris D., Grady Hendrix, Patrick Macias, Tom Mes, Mark Schilling, and Jasper Sharp.

Product Details

  • 18
  • Bunta Sugawara,
  • Sonny Chiba,
  • Meiko Kaji
  • Kinji Fukasaku
  • 1,
  • 2,
  • A,
  • B
Aspect Ratio:
  • 2.35:1
Number of Discs:
  • 13
Main Language:
  • Japanese
Subtitle Languages:
  • English

  • Arrow Video
Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1973

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Really nice looking box set

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For anyone wondering if this box set will work with Region - A blu-ray players i have tested it on a Canadian purchased Panasonic bluray player and it work flawlessly. I have not had a chance yet to watch the set but as far as shipping is concerned it was acceptable there was a small dent on the side of the boxset which is barely noticeable but outside of that a fantastic experience with speed of shipping and order accuracy.

Tue Nov 08 04:54:27 GMT 2016 by

Gorgeous set

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Great service on delivering this magnificent set. The hardbound book is the most beautiful book I have seen in a box set. Transfer is also excellent. A lot of content, so stack up on popcorn for this previously unpublished in Europe and US yakuza classic.

Tue Apr 12 15:59:05 BST 2016 by

Amazing Release from Arrow Video

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This is up there with the best releases Arrow Video have issued to date. The picture and audio quality are excellent and the English Subtitles make the movies such an enjoyable experience. Fantastic Yakuza movies which are highly recommended. The booklet included covers the post World War II period in Japan in great detail and is a brilliant addition to this limited edition box set. Reminiscent of Once Upon a Time in America, this is an awesome series of films.

Wed Feb 10 10:31:26 GMT 2016 by

Great stuff

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I'm always a bit worried about ordering items of this size and price as many postal services are very heavy-handed but my Battles Without Honor and Humanity set came very well packaged and there isn't the slightest mark on the set. People always claim Zavii are terrible when it comes to ordering Arrow Video items but I haven't the faintest clue what any of those people are on about as I think Zavii, quite frankly, are better at packaging Arrow Video items than Arrow are themselves. They also deliver a lot faster than Arrow too.

Fri Jan 29 09:57:28 GMT 2016 by

Great boxset

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This my new favorite item in my collection. And probably the best one too. Cant recommend this enough!

Tue Jan 05 11:01:44 GMT 2016 by

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