Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sex and Fury: Yakuza

Lately I have been watching a lot of cheesy movies: from the 70's, sexploitations, and Japanese gangster movies. With Sex and Fury I get it all. Ocho, the main character, is a total bad ass woman out for revenge, covered in colorful tatoos, good at cheating and stealing, and always killing bad men with a sword while naked.

I've slowly been steeped in Yakuza culture (Yakuza are gangsters). A lot of the families seem to have taken off after WWII when everything was in a shambles. It is strange because in all movies about the USA after the war, in the 50's there don't seem to be any problems, even the bad guys are clear about what is right and wrong. In Yakuza movies everything is sticky and ill fated. If you do something wrong you have to make up for it by letting the person you offended cut off one of your fingers. EVERY movie has someone loosing a finger.


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