Cops vs Thugs Blu-RayReleased In : United Kingdom
It's 1963 in the southern Japanese city of Kurashima, and tough-as-nails detective Kuno (Sugawara) oversees a detente between the warring Kawade and Ohara gangs. Best friends with Ohara lieutenant Hirotani (Hiroki Matsukata), he understands that there are no clear lines in the underworld, and that everything is colored a different shade of gray. But when random violence interrupts the peace and an ambitious, by-the-books lieutenant (Tatsuo Umemiya) comes to town, Kuno's fragile alliance begins to crumble. Greedy bosses and politicians alike seize the opportunity to wipe out their enemies, and Kuno faces the painful choice of pledging allegiance to his badge and keeping a promise to his brother.
Echoing the great crime films of Sidney Lumet and Jean-Pierre Melville, in Fukasaku's world, there's no honor among thieves or lawmen alike, and the only thing that matters is personal honor and duty among friends. Kasahara's shattering screenplay and Fukasaku's dynamic direction support an all-star, ensemble cast to create one of the most exciting, and deeply moving films about cops and criminals ever made.
Actors: Bunta Sugawara, Tôru Abe, Tatsuo Endô, Seizô Fukumoto, Reiko Ike
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Special Features: Beyond The Film: Cops vs Thugs, A New Visual Essay on Cops & Criminals in Fukasaku's Works by Film Scholar Tom Mes, Original Theatrical Trailer
Release Year: 1975
Label: Arrow Video
Region Coding: Region B
Case Type: Blu-Ray Case
Run Time: 101 mins
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Video Format: PAL