Sympathy for the Underdog
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Sympathy for the Underdog
Filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku first sketched out the lean and uncompromising vision of life among the Japanese Mafia which dominated his acclaimed Yakuza Papers series in this potent crime drama. Gunji (Koji Tsuruta) is a veteran gangster who is eager to return to life in the underworld after spending ten years in prison; however, Gunji soon learns that the yakuza is not what it once was, and there is little call for his personal moral code in a world where crime has become big business, and is operated as such. Striking out on his own, Gunji joins forces with some old compatriots and takes over… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I'd rather be eating sushi than watching such an undercooked flick."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sympathy for the Underdog is something of a transitional, minor work, but it is every bit as accomplished in style and technique as Fukasaku's later films."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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