Sympathy for the Underdog

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Sympathy for the Underdog
Sympathy for the Underdog Poster.jpg
Japanese film poster
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Produced by Koji Shundo
Tatsuo Yoshida
Written by Kinji Fukasaku
Fumio Konami
Hirō Matsuda
Starring Koji Tsuruta
Noboru Ando
Music by Takeo Yamashita
Cinematography Hanjiro Nakazawa
Edited by Osamu Tanaka
Distributed by Toei
Release date(s) January 12, 1971
Running time 93 min
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Sympathy for the Underdog (博徒外人部隊 Bakuto gaijin butai?) is a 1971 Japanese yakuza film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku and starring Koji Tsuruta and Noboru Ando.

This film was director Kinji Fukasaku's (Battle Royale, Battles Without Honor and Humanity) last film featuring Koji Tsuruta as the main character. In the film Koji Tsuruta plays a hard boiled Yakuza boss, Gunji, whose yakuza gang is driven out of Yokohama by a powerful gang from Tokyo. After being released from prison, Gunji collects what's left of his loyal members in order to start over his small organization. However after setting up their new operation in Okinawa, the large yakuza organization from Tokyo that was responsible for their previous downfall and Gunji's imprisonment, comes to the island in a grand procession to gain control of the territory. This leads to a bloody and cold confrontation that is the climax of the film.


This film has inspired Takeshi Kitano's 1993 Sonatine. Several story elements, including a famous okinawan theme, were later used in Sonatine.

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