Young Yakuza
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In an era where juvenile delinquency in Japan has hit an all-time high, writer/director Jean-Pierre Limosin tells the tale of an aimless 20-year-old who is faced with the choice of walking two distinctly disparate paths in life. Naoki has proven himself a miserable failure at both school and life; unemployable and socially incapable, the shiftless young man soon determines to make a name for himself in the Japanese underworld. Now, despite his mother's objections, Naoki leaves home for a yearlong apprenticeship in the Japanese Mafia. Over the course of the next 12 months, the young man who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Never delivers either the thrill of its underworld setting or much insight into its complicated workings."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"You may be curious about what they're up to when the cameras are turned off, but you'll never find out."
‑ Don Willmott,
"I kept looking for signs that Young Yakuza was a scripted mockumentary. But eventually I came to believe Limosin's claims, simply because, with all the options fiction provides, no one would deliberately construct so dull and meandering a story."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"If you're expecting a real-life version of a bloody Takashi Miike movie, forget it."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An intelligent, if non-illuminating, look at an organization."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"Plays more like a bad feature than a documentary."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Jean-Pierre Limosin's Young Yakuza looks at Japan's version of the Mafia."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"A wayward Japanese youth's apprenticeship with the Nipponese mafia provides an intriguing premise but little substance in French docu Young Yakuza."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"Juggling restraint and boldness to tackle this subject on many unexpected layers establishes this work as a brilliant effort."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
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