”But the yakuza are so violent in movies!” protests one of the cowed victims in Minbo or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion. Not in this ostensible gangster flick (the title refers to the yakuza practice of legal extortion), which director Juzo Itami (Tampopo) has actually crafted into an anti-gangster farce: In their attempt to rid the Hotel Europa of its bullying yakuza clientele, spineless accountant Suzuki (Yasuo Daichi) and clumsy porter Wakasugi (Takehiro Murata) evolve from wusses to warriors under the tutelage of razor-tongued Mahiru (Nobuku Miyamoto). Hardly an original conceit, but in the cartoonish grain of his wimpiness, his menace, and his melodrama, Itami easily makes victory over evil a matter more of guffaws than Grand Guignol.
Minbo or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion ''But the yakuza are so violent in movies!'' protests one of the cowed victims in Minbo or the Gentle Art of Japanese ExtortionMinbo or the Gentle Art of Japanese ExtortionForeign LanguageUnrated ''But the yakuza are so violent in movies!'' protests one of the cowed victims in Minbo or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion1995-11-24
Genre: Foreign Language; Starring: Nobuku Miyamoto, Yasuo Daichi; Director: Juzo Itami; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted November 24 1995 — 12:00 AM EST
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