Sympathy for the Underdog

Edition no. 58

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Toei
Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

Returning from a ten-year prison sentence, former gang leader Gunji (Koji Tsuruta, Big Time Gambling Boss) finds that his turf has been taken over by his former enemy, now a large crime syndicate with a legal corporate front. Looking for new opportunities, he gathers his old crew and heads for the island of Okinawa, a legal grey zone ripe for the taking. Made just before Kinji (Yakuza Graveyard) Fukasaku’s 1970s streak of yakuza movie masterpieces, Sympathy for the Underdog is a key film in the development of this director’s unique style and themes.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: Japanese 2.0 DTS-HD MA Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A/B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Audio commentary by yakuza film expert Nathan Stuart (2024)
  • Interview with Fukasaku biographer Olivier Hadouchi (2024)
  • Visual essay on Okinawa on screen by film historian and author Aaron Gerow (2024)
  • Trailer
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Bastian Meiresonne and an archival review of the film

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