Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Violent Streets

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 23, 2023
Price: DVD $28.43, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Film Movement

Sometimes regarded as not only among Hideo Gosha’s finest films but among the finest yakuza films ever made, 1974’s Violent Streets is a brutal, gripping, kinetic action yarn in which legendary gangster-turned-actor Noboru Ando plays Egawa, a retired yakuza underboss, now nightclub owner, who gets pulled back into the life when his old comrades demand control of his club. Meanwhile, a gang war quietly roiling behind the scenes erupts into open violence in response to a high-profile kidnapping, lending unimaginably high stakes to Egawa’s reemergence onto the yakuza scene.

The result is a kinetic and stylish explosion of deception, mayhem, and death that leaves no one safe – and a masterpiece of 1970’s yakuza cinema, a pulpy, pungent thriller.

Bonus Features:

  • Tattooed Director: Hideo Gosha featurette with Tomoe Gosha
  • A Street That Can’t Be Beat video essay by TokyoScope author Patrick Macias
  • 16-page booklet with a new essay by Japanese film expert Mark Schilling

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.