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Hiroshima Death Match

Street Date:
August 9th, 2016
Movie Release Year:
1973
Studio:
Arrow Video
Length:
99 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Action, Crime, Drama

Starring:

Bunta Sugawara, Shin'ichi Chiba, Meiko Kaji

Director:

Kinji Fukasaku

Plot Synopsis:

The celebrated Battles Without Honor and Humanity series continues with its second episode, Hiroshima Death Match, setting aside part one protagonist Shozo Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) to follow a side story showcasing genre icons Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter) and Meiko Kaji (Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion).

Hiroshima, 1950. Demobilized kamikaze pilot Shoji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaoji) is released from prison and finds himself hungry and broke. Following a bust up with a local gang, he earns the psychotic wrath of local underboss Otomo (Chiba), but Yamanaka s suicidal impulses are soon put to good use as a hitman for another gang, befriending series hero Shozo Hirono in the process. Despite a budding but forbidden romance with the boss s niece (Kaji), Yamanaka s instability and recklessness soon begin to make him a dangerous liability.

Taking an even more fatalistic turn than the series original entry, Hiroshima Death Match tells the story of the ultimate loser, based on a true story uncovered by screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara while interviewing real-life Hiroshima yakuza for part one. A prosperous era may be dawning for the protagonists, but one with new characters and new grudges to draw them more deeply into its world of blood and betrayal.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray/DVD

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 2.5:1

Audio Formats

  • Japanese LPCM Mono

Subtitles/Captions

  • English

Supplements

  • Man of Action a new interview with series fight choreographer Ryuzo Ueno
  • Original trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist