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: April 4, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
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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.

Don Willmott

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

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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