Movies about the Yakuza

Movies about the Yakuza
List of the best movies about Yakuza, selected by visitors to our site: Outrage, Darc, Drunken Angel, Finnick, Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, Boiling Point, Taxi 2, Lupin the Third: Goemon's Blood Spray, Falcon Rising, Shinjuku Incident.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CharactersGangsters, Yakuza
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAction, Heavy, Serious, For men

The story begins with Sekiuchi, boss of the Sannokai, a huge organized crime syndicate controlling the entire Kanto region, issuing a stern warning to his lieutenant Kato and right-hand man Ikemoto, head of the Ikemoto-gumi. Kato orders Ikemoto to bring the unassociated Murase-gumi gang in line, and he immediately passes the task on to his subordinate Otomo, who runs his own crew. The tricky jobs that no-one wants to do always end up in Otomo’s lap.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CharactersYakuza, Criminals
PlotAbduction, Revenge, Hostage, Justice, Human trafficking
StyleExciting, Action, Serious, For men

To bring down a global human trafficking ring, an Interpol agent recruits the help of a brutal criminal with inside knowledge of the yakuza.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CharactersSamurai, Gangsters, Angels, Yakuza, Alcoholics
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Serious, Disturbing

The chaotic worlds of the Yakuza and an alcoholic doctor collide in this film noir classic from Akira Kurosawa. Gangster Toshiro Mifune visits doctor Takashi Shimura, after an unfortunate incident with a bullet. The doctor, who despises the Yakuza, discovers the young man is suffering from tuberculosis, a disease symbolic of what is happening to the doctor and the community he serves. Facing his own anger and fear, the doctor aligns himself with the gangster's world.

Genreadventure, cartoon
StyleFor children

Not many people know that every house is inhabited by finns. They are furry creatures that appear in human world to take care of a house and keep the hearth. Finnick is a young Finn, who doesn't seem to care about his responsibility of making a home out of the house. He is just making pranks on «his people» and that is the reason why none of the families wanted to stay long in his house. Everything changes when a new family comes to his house, where Finnick's tricks do not work at all, and he meets 13-year old Christine and inexplicable events begin to happen in the city. Finnick and Christine, who are so different, will have to team up and work together to solve the mystery of the events and save the city.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, crime
CharactersGay, Samurai, Mafia, Yakuza, Criminals
PlotRacing, Revenge, Money, Weapon
PlaceJapan, Office
TimeDark ones
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Vital signs, Tense

Ryuzo and his 7 former henchmen are all retired yakuza, but they now live as regular old men. One day, Ryuzo becomes the victim of a phishing fraud. He calls his 7 men together to reform their society.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CharactersGay, Gangsters, Killers, Yakuza
PlotRevenge, Weapon, Baseball, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Black humor

Masaki, a baseball player and gas-station attendant, gets into trouble with the local Yakuza and goes to Okinawa to get a gun to defend himself. There he meets Uehara, a tough gangster, who is in serious debt to the yakuza and planning revenge.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CharactersHeroes, Yakuza, Friends, Taxi drivers, Partners
PlotRacing, Abduction, Hostage, Chase, Confrontation
StyleExciting, For men

A cabdriver and a cop race to Paris to rescue a love interest and the Japanese minister of defense from kidnappers.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, cartoon, crime, detective, anime
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins, Thieves, Heroes, Yakuza
PlotRobbery, Adventure, Revenge, Hunting
PlaceJapan, Casino
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

A yakuza boss hires Goemon Ishikawa, a modern day samurai, to protect him aboard his cruise ship casino. Everything goes sideways when the famous thief, Lupin the Third, tries to rob the vessel. Lupin's being hunted by a powerful and mysterious man: the so called “Ghost of Bermuda.” With Goemon's employer dead in the ensuing chaos, his honor is at stake, and the only way to preserve it is with blood. But this opponent is like no other, and to make things right, Goemon may need to sharpen not only his sword, but himself as well!

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, crime
CharactersGangsters, Heroes, Yakuza
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Pursuit, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Chapman is an ex-marine in Brazil's slums, battling the yakuza outfit who attacked his sister and left her for dead.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryHong Kong
PlotSurvival, Revenge, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAction, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

Steelhead is a Chinese laborer who comes to Japan hoping for a better life. Unable to find honest work and bullied into the shadows with his fellow Chinese illegal immigrants, he soon finds himself ascending as the boss of a black market mob. After providing a deadly service to a powerful Yakuza crime boss, Steelhead’s rise to mafia power spirals rapidly out of control as he’s given reign over the dangerous and lucrative Shinjuku district.

Markimdb: 8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, cartoon, crime, detective, anime
CharactersHackers, Robots, Special agents, Cyborgs
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Chase, Technology
StyleExciting, By comics, Atmospheric, Cyberpunk, Depressive

In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CharactersGangsters, Killers, Yakuza
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleBy books, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

A barkeeper saves a Yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However, his fear of nothing soon causes problems.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan
CharactersSuperhero, Samurai, Mutant, Heroes, Immortals
PlotMartial Arts, Superpowers, Supernatural, Chase, Dreams
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleMarvel, Exciting, Action, Gloomy, Depressive

Wolverine faces his ultimate nemesis - and tests of his physical, emotional, and mortal limits - in a life-changing voyage to modern-day Japan.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Japan
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Killers, Yakuza
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Heavy, Fancy, Serious

A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California, where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This is the first English film by Takeshi Kitano.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, drama, short, crime
CountryJapan, South Korea
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins, Heroes, Yakuza
PlotRevenge, Pursuit, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Former Yakuza underling Kiryu Kazuma, who has recently been released from prison after a lengthy incarceration, and is trying to piece his life together and distance himself from his Yakuza past. Unfortunately Kiryu's problems slowly escalate as he is pursued by a former associate, the baseball bat-wielding psycho Majima Goro who has a grudge to settle with Kiryu.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryUSA, Japan
CharactersSuperhero, Teens, Robots, Heroes, Family
PlotAdventure, Friendship
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleExciting, To cry, Cute, Touching

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime, sport
CharactersTeens, Yakuza, Students, Friends, Difficult teens
PlotBoxing, Friendship, Rivalry
StyleAction, Heavy, Serious

Shinji and Masaru spend most of their school days harassing fellow classmates and playing pranks. They drop out and Shinji becomes a small-time boxer, while Masaru joins up with a local Yakuza gang. However, the world is a tough place...

Markimdb: 7
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins, Yakuza
PlotObsession, Mental disorders, Missing people
PlaceJapan, Hotels, Asia, Small cities
StyleAtmospheric, Fancy, Serious, Disturbing

Minami mistakenly kills a gangster associate of his named Brother. Almost as soon as the murder takes place, the body of the deceased man is gone, prompting Minami to conduct a search. While looking, he finds a mysterious isolated hotel where he decides to take a rest. Not only are the front desk clerks a bit strange, but even the ambiance feels unusual. Minami soon realizes he may have gotten more than he bargained for.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, melodrama, drama, crime
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters
PlotDancing, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Death, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Beach, Asia
StyleHeavy, Black humor, Serious, Disturbing

Kitano plays Murakawa, a Tokyo yakuza tiring of gangster life. Along with a few of his henchmen, he is sent by his boss to Okinawa to help end a gang war, supposedly to mediate between two warring clans. He finds that the dispute between the clans is insignificant and whilst wondering why he was sent to Okinawa at all, Murakawa's headquarters are bombed and he and his gang are ambushed in a bar.

Markimdb: 4.3
Genrethriller, crime
CharactersMafia, Yakuza

In Brazil, Akemi finds out that she's the heiress to the Yakuza empire. Just after that, her destiny enters a spiral of violence and mystery, where a gaijin (foreigner) who's been protecting her all this time, Shirô, may have been actually sent to kill her.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama
CharactersYakuza, Taxi drivers, Doubles, Actors
PlotObsession, Weapon
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleFancy, Black humor

Beat Takeshi lives the busy and sometimes surreal life of a showbiz celebrity. One day he meets his blond lookalike named Kitano, a shy convenience store cashier, who, still an unknown actor, is waiting for his big break. After their paths cross, Kitano seems to begin hallucinating about becoming Beat.

Markimdb: 4.9
Genreaction, crime
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins, Yakuza, Special agents, Losers
PlotPursuit, Rivalry
PlaceNew York
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Murders in Seoul, Korea and in America pair two cops from each of the countries together to solve the crimes. The investigation leads to a gang war between the Mafia and the Yakuza, but one that may not be of either of their making. A shadowy assassin is killing the leaders and an Italian assassin may have his own agenda.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryFrance, USA, Japan, Canada
CharactersSuperhero, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Heroes, Yakuza
PlotMartial Arts, Pursuit, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Tense, For men, Disturbing

A lethal assassin for a secret Chinese organisation, who sheds tears of regret each time he kills, is seen swiftly and mercilessly executing three Yakuza gangsters by a beautiful artist. She is captivated by the grace of his kill and later falls in love with him. An intense power struggle for the leadership of the Yakuza Clans ensues as they seek vengeance for the death of their leader.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, detective
PlotInvestigation, Weapon, Missing people, Funeral
PlaceJapan, Party
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Tense

When Kanako, a model daughter and a brilliant student, disappears, her mother asks her ex-husband, a violent former policeman, to find her. As his investigation progresses, his idealized image of Kanako cracks: the girl hides a dark life that her father can not even imagine.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Yakuza, Terminally ill
PlotTravel, Debts
PlaceJapan, Beach
StyleAction, To cry, Heavy, Touching, Depressive

A police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, cartoon, crime, detective, anime
CharactersPirates, Mafia, Heroes, Twins
PlotAdventure, Hostage
PlaceShips, Asia
StyleExciting, Disturbing

The story follows a team of pirate mercenaries known as the Lagoon Company, that smuggles goods in and around the seas of Southeast Asia in the early to mid 1990s. Their base of operations is located in the fictional harbor city of Roanapur in southeast Thailand near the border of Cambodia.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, drama
CountryJapan, France, USA, South Korea, Turkey
CharactersGangsters, Yakuza
StyleAction, Heavy

Shuji is an uncompromising young filmmaker at odds with Japanese society. One day he learns that his loan shark brother, who had helped to finance his films, has been executed by his own yakuza gang for failing to repay his debts. Described as a love poem to Japanese films of the past, as well as a protest at the present, CUT is an exploration of one man’s obsessive relationship with cinema.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryThailand, Japan, Netherlands
PlotFriendship, Fate
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleFancy, Black humor, Serious

An obsessive-compulsive Japanese librarian living in Bangkok spends most of his days contemplating suicide in his apartment. His life changes when he witnesses the death of a young girl and becomes acquainted with her elder sister.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CharactersSamurai, Gangsters, Heroes, Police, Yakuza
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Martial Arts
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their differences, both men excel at martial arts, and utilize their formidable skills when they go up against Yoshida, a vicious yakuza drug dealer with ties to Kenner's past.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, melodrama, drama
CharactersSamurai, Rabbits, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotMartial Arts, Cheating
PlaceJapan, Mansions, Office, Asia
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Serious, For men

Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai. Offering aid & protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father opened the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu, a kendo school located in Tokyo and Kaoru is now an instructor there. Kaoru then invites Kenshin to stay at her dojo. Their relationship develops further, but Kenshin is still haunted by his violent past...