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Yakuza Ladies (1986)

Gokudô no onna-tachi (original title)
While her husband is in prison doing time, Tamaki, the wife of a yakuza capo, runs her spouse's gang with an iron hand. Meanwhile, Makoto, her younger sister, marries a member of a rival ... See full summary »

Director:

Hideo Gosha

Writers:

Shôko Ieda (nonfiction book), Kôji Takada (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shima Iwashita ... Migiwa Awazu
Rino Katase ... Makoto Ike, Migiwa's sister
Akiko Kana Akiko Kana ... Yasuko Koiso
Riki Takeuchi ... Taichi Hanada
Kôjiro Shimizu ... Hanji Kiyono
Shôko Ieda Shôko Ieda ... Kiyomi
Yasuko Naito Yasuko Naito ... Megumi
Junko Enjô Junko Enjô ... Akiko Kawase
Yasuko Haru Yasuko Haru ... Yukari
Meika Seri Meika Seri ... Kumi Hayasaki
Moeko Ezawa Moeko Ezawa ... Yukie
Katsuhiko Kobayashi Katsuhiko Kobayashi ... Tengo Tooyama
Masataka Naruse Masataka Naruse ... Haneda (as Tadashi Naruse)
Mansaku Fuwa Mansaku Fuwa ... Detective A at Handa station
Masataka Iwao Masataka Iwao ... Tatsurô Kakinuma
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While her husband is in prison doing time, Tamaki, the wife of a yakuza capo, runs her spouse's gang with an iron hand. Meanwhile, Makoto, her younger sister, marries a member of a rival band after being raped by him. The two sisters, united by blood ties but married to enemy yakuzas, will ultimately have to decide whose side they're on. Written by Someonelse

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 November 1986 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Yakuza Wives See more »

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Toei Company See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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"The Yakuza Wives"
3 January 2016 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"Hitoshi Awatsu" (Kei Sato) is a high-ranking member of the Domoto Group of the Yakuza who, along with several other Yakuza members, is incarcerated in prison. It has therefore fallen upon his wife, "Migawa 'Tamaki' Awatsu" (Shima Iwashita) to run her husband's portion of the business while he is away. Unfortunately, 3 months before her husband is about to be released, the main boss of the Domoto Group dies of a sudden heart attack which throws the entire organization into chaos. Soon a rival member of the group decides to break away and create his own faction which results in a war with the Domoto Group. While this is going on, the younger sister of Tamaki by the name of "Makoto Ike" (Rino Katase) is raped while on vacation in Guam by a Yakuza member named "Kiyoshi Sugita" (Masanori Sera). Yet curiously enough, she immediately falls in love with him and they eventually get married. The problem is that Kiyoshi is a member of the rival Horyu Group and this puts Makoto on a collision course with her ruthless and determined sister. Now rather than reveal any more of this movie I will just say that this was an entertaining film which had its share of intrigue and violence. I especially liked the performance of the aforementioned Shima Iwashita who played her role in an excellent manner. In any case, I recommend this movie to those who might be interested and have rated it accordingly. Above average.


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