Ishii Takashi’s legendary Gonin (1995) set the standard for neo-noir Yakuza movies with its tale of five down-on-their-luck men taking on a powerful criminal gang, the Goseikai - and then facing deadly reprisals from two gay hitmen. Twenty-years-later sequel Gonin Saga brings the story up to date.
The new film starts by clarifying the messy fall-out from the original fracas and then moves rapidly forward to the present day, focusing on the strained friendship between two young men (one honest, the other not), both sons of men killed in Gonin. Now in his seventies, Ishii is the last of Japan’s great genre auteurs, maybe the only Japanese director who can attract an all-star cast to fight their way through stylishly imagined bars, night-clubs and yakuza offices. Along the way, he gives us the ultimate definition of 'Yakuza DNA'.

Filmmaker
Ishii Takashi
Premiere
European première
Country
Japan
Year
2015
Medium
HDcam
Length
130’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Ninomiya Naohiko, Achiwa Takashi
Production Company
Kadokawa Corporation
Sales
Kadokawa Corporation
Writer
Ishii Takashi
Cinematography
Sasakibara Yasushi, Yamamoto Yoshiaki
Editor
Ishii Takashi, Achiwa Takashi
Production Design
Suzuki Takashi
Sound Design
Kori Hiromichi
Music
Yasukawa Goro
Cast
Takenaka Naoto, Higashide Masahiro
Website
http://gonin-saga.jp