Young Yakuza
Young Yakuza (2008)

Japan. Naoki, now 20, has failed at school, at work and in his personal life. He has decided to turn to a life of crime much to his mother's dismay. On the advice of a colleague, she hands over her son to the Japanese Mafia. Naoki will… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 10, 2008
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Ultimately the viewer is left in the same bind as the filmmakers: wishing we'd been able to follow Naoki's apprenticeship to its traditional conclusion and beyond.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Never delivers either the thrill of its underworld setting or much insight into its complicated workings.

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

You may be curious about what they're up to when the cameras are turned off, but you'll never find out.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

If you're expecting a real-life version of a bloody Takashi Miike movie, forget it.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

An intelligent, if non-illuminating, look at an organization.

Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Plays more like a bad feature than a documentary.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Jean-Pierre Limosin's Young Yakuza looks at Japan's version of the Mafia.

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Russell Edwards
Variety

A wayward Japanese youth's apprenticeship with the Nipponese mafia provides an intriguing premise but little substance in French docu Young Yakuza.

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

Juggling restraint and boldness to tackle this subject on many unexpected layers establishes this work as a brilliant effort.

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