Movies about the Yakuza

List of the best movies about Yakuza, selected by visitors to our site: First Love, The Outsider, Darc, The Drug King, Lupin the Third: Goemon's Blood Spray, Outrage Coda, Shinjuku Swan II, Harmonium, Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, Yakuza Apocalypse
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First Love (2019)
Markimdb: 7.1
PlotBoxing, Weapon
PlaceJapan, Trains

A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

The Outsider (2018)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
PlaceJapan, Prison
StyleNetflix, Worth watching

A former American G.I. joins a yakuza family after his release from prison in post-World War II Osaka.

Darc (2018)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 5.8)
Genreaction, thriller
PlotRevenge, Abduction, Justice
StyleAction, Exciting, 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.

The Drug King (2018)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountrySouth Korea

Busan, South Korea, 1970s. Lee Doo-sam is a small-time smuggler. After helping a drug gang to smuggle meth, he falls into the dark crime world. Quick-witted and full of ambition, he eventually takes over the drug underworld and starts to lead a double life: a good community leader during the day but an infamous drug lord during the night.

Lupin the Third: Goemon's Blood Spray (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, adventure, cartoon
CharactersGangsters, Thieves, Yakuza
PlotHunting, Adventure, Robbery
PlaceJapan, Casino

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!

Outrage Coda (2017)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
PlotRevenge, Power
PlaceIslands, Korea, Hotels, Japan

Ôtomo gets involved with new Yakuza battles after he comes back the Yakuza society.

Shinjuku Swan II (2017)
Mark4 (imdb: 5.6)
CharactersYakuza, Orphans

Tatsuhiko Shiratori works as a scout, recruiting girls to work in the adult entertainment business. He movies to Yokohama from Shinjuku, Tokyo. He comes into conflict with Masaki Taki who is the CEO of a scout company.

Harmonium (2016)
Markimdb: 6.9
CountryJapan, France
CharactersYakuza, Spiders

Toshio hires Yasaka to work in his workshop. But then this old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio’s family life…

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, comedy
CharactersGay, Samurai, Mafia, Yakuza, Criminals
PlotRevenge, Money, Weapon, Racing
PlaceJapan, Office

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.

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, action, comedy, crime
CountryJapan, France
CharactersVampire, Yakuza, Frogs
PlotDeath, Martial Arts

Akira (Hayato Ichihara) admires Genyo Kamiura, the most powerful yakuza. Genyo Kamiura has been targeted numerous times, but he has never been killed. He is called the invincible person. Because of Genyo Kamiura, Akira enters the world of the yakuza. His yakuza colleagues treat him like an idiot, and Akira can't even get tattoos because of his sensitive skin. An assassin is sent to take out Genyo Kamiura. The killers know that Genyo Kamiura is a vampire. Thus begins the apocalypse.

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The World of Kanako (2014)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrehorror, drama, crime, detective
PlotWeapon, Missing people, Funeral

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.

Tokyo Tribe (2014)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama
CharactersYakuza, Gangsters
PlotHip Hop
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, For men

In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. The simmering tension between them is about to boil over into all-out war.

Falcon Rising (2014)
Mark1 (imdb: 5.8)
Genreaction, adventure
CharactersGangsters, Heroes, Yakuza
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Rivalry, Pursuit
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Heavy, For men

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

Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)
Mark1 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrehorror, action, comedy, drama
CharactersYakuza, Gangsters
PlotRevenge, Rivalry
StyleHeavy, Exciting, For men, Fancy

In Japan, gonzo filmmakers hatch a three-pronged plan to save an actress's career, end a yakuza war and make a hit movie.

Outrage Beyond (2012)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.8)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CharactersYakuza, Gangsters
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAction, Heavy, For men, Unexpected ending

As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war in Outrage Beyond.

Cut (2011)
Mark9 (imdb: 5.6)
CountryJapan, France, USA, South Korea, Turkey

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.

Outrage (2010)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CharactersYakuza, Gangsters
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAction, Heavy, 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.

Chocolate (2008)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, drama
CharactersYakuza, Autistic, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Samurai
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Survival, Justice
StyleHeavy, Exciting, For men

An autistic woman with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon (2007)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryJapan, South Korea
CharactersYakuza, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Heroes
PlotRevenge, Rivalry, Pursuit
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Heavy, 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.

Adrift in Tokyo (2007)
Markimdb: 7.4
CharactersGangsters, Friends, Yakuza, Artists
PlaceJapan, Hotels, Asia
StyleTouching, Smart, Fancy

Leading a lazy life, Fumiya has been a university student for 8 years and owes money to loan sharks. One day, a man named Fukuhara comes to collect the loan, which Fumiya cannot pay. So Fukuhara makes a proposition: He will cancel the debt as long as Fumiya agrees to walk with him across Tokyo to the police station of Kasumigaseki, where he intends to turn himself in for a crime he deeply regrets. Not having much choice, Fumiya accepts the deal. Thus begins their journey which will lead them to various unusual encounters, most of all with themselves.

Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantastic, action, adventure, cartoon, crime
CharactersFriends, Lifeguards, Gangsters, Heroes, Orphans, Yakuza
PlotFight, Investigation, Chase, Adventure, Rivalry, Treasures

When mysterious foreign entrepreneurs appear with the intention of tearing down Treasure Town and replacing it with an amusement park, Black and White face their greatest adversaries yet. It is up to the destructive Black to save the fate of the city and up to the gentle White to save Black from his own dark nature. On the street of an unnamed city, literally high-flying urchins Black and White look to protect their turf from invasion from other gangs. While he can be tough in a fight or wielding a weapon, White is an 11-year-old who can't even dress himself. Slightly older, Black is more worldly and treats his buddy with paternal love. Both look on their city as "our town." Also prone to seeing the city as his property is world-weary yakuza leader Suzuki, aka the Rat. Feeling the town has become too placid, Suzuki plots his return, much to the consternation of local police.

Into the Sun (2005)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 4.5)
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CharactersYakuza, Gangsters, Heroes, CIA, FBI
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, For men

After the assassination of Tokyo's Governor by Yakuza members, the CIA bureau chief (William Atherton) for Tokyo puts out a call to an agent (Steven Seagal) that had been raised in Japan and trained by ex-Yakuza. Using his former ties, he quickly determines that a war is brewing between old-guard Yakuza members and a young, crazed leader (Takao Osawa) with ties to the Chinese Tong.

Takeshis' (2005)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama
CharactersDoubles, Taxi drivers, Actors, Yakuza
PlotObsession, Weapon
PlaceJapan, Asia

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.

Yakuza Demon (2003)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, crime

Seiji and Yoshifumi are the only members of the Muto branch of the Date Family. The two respect and love their leader, Mr. Muto, like a father and the three share a firm bond. But their fate is sealed when the Family is involved in a conflict. Muto is unable to pay his share of funds for the oncoming battle but tells executives of the Family that he would fight at the front line instead. In the wish to protect Muto, Seiji has him arrested by the police. Ignoring the Family executives' mocks of "Muto escaped to prison", Seiji prepares for the battle and attacks like a demon on behalf of his boss...

Gozu (2003)
Markimdb: 7
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryJapan, France, United Kingdom
CharactersHired assassins, Yakuza, Gangsters
PlotMental disorders, Missing people, Obsession
PlaceJapan, Hotels, Small cities, Asia
StyleAtmospheric, Disturbing, Fancy

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.

Graveyard of Honor (2002)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7)
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CharactersKillers, Yakuza, Gangsters
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleHeavy, Depressive, By books

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

Dolls (2002)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersYakuza, Blind
PlotMental disorders, Obsession
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, To cry, Gloomy, Philosophical, Romantic

Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a story provided by the puppets and their masters, which relates thematically to the action provided by the live characters. Chief among those tales is the story of Matsumoto (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and Sawako (Miho Kanno), a young couple whose relationship is about to be broken apart by the former's parents, who have insisted their son take part in an arranged marriage to his boss' daughter. He initially agrees, causing the unstable Sawako to be committed to a psychiatric hospital. When he leaves his new bride at the altar to save Sawako, however, he realizes that she's so incapable of caring for herself that she needs to be tied to him with a red rope. Inextricably bound, the two wander through Japan, encountering others along the way who have similarly overlooked love for other, more fleeting pleasures: fame, power, money.

Brother (2000)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan
CharactersKillers, Yakuza, Mafia, Gangsters
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleHeavy, Atmospheric, Exciting, For men, Fancy

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.

Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020)
PlotWeapon, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality
PlaceHotels, Night Clubs

On the planet Latimer, Takeshi Kovacs must protect a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC.

In Full Bloom (2019)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Japan
PlotRevenge, Rivalry, Justice
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Tense, For men, Inspirational

Set shortly after the end of World War II, IN FULL BLOOM is a philosophical boxing drama of two fighters from opposite worlds (USA and Japan) who are pulled together for a questionable fight arranged by their unscrupulous managers and the Yakuza.

Fireworks (1997)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CharactersGangsters, Mafia, Yakuza, Terminally ill
PlaceJapan, Beach
StyleDepressive, To cry, Action, Touching, Heavy

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

Red Sun Rising (1994)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.5)
PlotMartial Arts

Thomas Hoshino (Willson) is a tough Japanese detective, who lost his partner by a deadly Yakuza killer Jaho (Lew). He tracks down the killer and his master to Los Angeles, where he teams up with Det. Karen Ryder (Farrell). Soon they discover that Yakuza prepares a gang war and weapon smuggling. Hoshino must find a way to defeat the killer who posses mystical ninja powers

Boiling Point (1990)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.8)
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CharactersKillers, Yakuza, Gay, Gangsters
PlotWeapon, Revenge, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia

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.

Black Rain (1989)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CharactersPartners, Losers, Yakuza
PlotSurvival, War, Rivalry, Skirmishes, Pursuit, Chase
PlaceVillage, Japan, New York, Asia
StyleSoulful, Depressive, Action, Heavy, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, For men

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. However, in Japan he manages to escape, and as they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game—the Japanese way.

The Yakuza (1974)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryJapan, USA
CharactersYakuza, Mafia, Gangsters
PlotRivalry, Martial Arts, Love
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing, For men

Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...