Movies about the Yakuza

Movies about the Yakuza
List of the best movies about Yakuza, selected by visitors to our site: Outrage, Yakuza Princess, Cut, The Outsider, Altered Carbon: Resleeved, Falcon Rising, Armed Response, Rain Fall, Into the Sun, Darc.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Genre
Country
Outrage (2010)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:50

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.

Yakuza Princess (2021)
Markimdb: 4.3
Genrethriller, crime
CountryBrazil

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.

Cut (2011)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, drama
CountryJapan, France, USA, South Korea, Turkey
Duration02:13

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.

The Outsider (2018)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:57

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

Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantastic, action, detective, film noir
CountryUSA

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

Falcon Rising (2014)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, crime
CountryUSA

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

Armed Response (1986)
Markimdb: 5
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:26

One of Tanaka's underlings has stolen a rare statuette that he had planned to use as a peace offering between the local Yakusa and Chinese Tong. He hires two private investigators to exchange ransom money to recover the statuette, but the trade goes down bad and Clay Roth is killed. This angers Roth's brothers and father, all combat veterans, and they go after the people responsible

Rain Fall (2009)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryJapan, USA

A hit man looks to protect the daughter of one of his victims against CIA assassins.

Into the Sun (2005)
Markimdb: 4.4
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA, Japan

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.

Darc (2018)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA

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

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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:19

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.

No Way Back (1995)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:31

When FBI Agent Zack Grant's partner is killed during a blown-up operation, he attempts to find the person responsible. Mafiaso Frank Serlano believes Zack is responsible for his only sons death in the same operation and kidnaps Zacks son to hold as bait. The action gets wild when airline stewardess Mary is taken hostage to add what seems an another insurmountable problem for Zack. There appears to be no way out.

In Full Bloom (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Japan

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.

Weathering with You (2019)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:03

High school student Hodaka leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he immediately becomes broke. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. After he starts his job, the weather has been rainy day after day. In a corner of the crowded and busy city, Hodaka meets a young woman named Hina. Due to certain circumstances, Hina and her younger brother live together, but have a cheerful and sturdy life. Hina also has a certain power: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, action, comedy, crime
CountryJapan, France

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.

SMUGGLER (2011)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
CountryJapan

To pay off his loan shark, failed actor Ryōsuke Kinuta is forced to smuggle dead bodies – and one live elite assassin – in the middle of the night.

Red Sun Rising (1994)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction
CountryUSA
Duration01:38

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

Crying Freeman (1995)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryFrance, USA, Japan, Canada
Duration01:42

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.

The Yakuza (1974)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryJapan, USA

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...

American Dragons (1998)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genreaction, crime
CountryCanada, USA
Duration01:31

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.

Harmonium (2016)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryJapan, France

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…

Back to Back (1996)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA

An ex-cop finds himself caught up in a battle between Japanese mobsters and local gangland thugs and discovers that he was framed for wrong-doings by a corrupt cop.

Homunculus (2021)

A homeless man meets a medical school student who pays him to volunteer for a surgical procedure known as trepanation, drilling a hole in his skull, which ends up giving him the ability to communicate with the dark side of people’s subconscious minds.

Black Rain (1989)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA

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 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.

Crows Explode (2014)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryJapan
Duration02:09

A month after Genji Takiya graduates, a new battle for supremacy at Suzuran All-Boys High School begins. Transfer student Kaburagi Kazeo combats Kagami Ryohei for the coveted top spot, amidst a brewing inter-school conflict with Kurosaki Industrial High.

Ring of Fire III: Lion Strike (1994)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:30

Dr. Johnny Woo becomes involved in a global Mafia arms cartel when they kidnap his son Bobby. The cartel, made-up of underworld leaders from around the world, become aware that he stumbled onto valuable information on a computer disk he possesses. Louie and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kruskev use every bit of their cunning to trap Johnny and retrieve the disk.

Pistol Opera (2001)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryJapan

As one of Suzuki's last fims, it is related to his 1967 Branded to Kill, either as a remake or sequel. The plots of both films involves an assassin (Makiko Esumi) fending off numerous attacks from her comrades, who are trying to move up in rank by killing off the competition.

Deadman Inferno (2015)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, action, comedy, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:30

Hiroya Munakata (Sho Aikawa) is the leader of the yakuza group Munakata-gumi. After 10 years since the big fight, Hiroya Munakata's non blood-related younger brother Takashi (Shingo Tsurumi) is released from prison, but Takashi’s daughter, Hyuga (Maika Yamamoto) says she does not want to meet her father and runs away from home. Hiroya, Takashi and Hiroya’s subordinate Shinya (Red Rice) go to Zeni Island where Hyuga is headed to. Something they never expected is waiting for them.

Tokyo Tribe (2014)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama
CountryJapan

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.




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