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Young Yakuza

Jean-Pierre Limosin's 2007 documentary follows Naoki, a 20-year-old Tokyo slacker, as he appprentices for Kumagai, an elegant and paternal gangster. The young man hopes the rituals of the yakuza subculture will provide him with some much-needed order and direction, but his chief duties are cooking, cleaning, and preparing the boss's tea. After he disappears in the movie's second half, Limosin pads out the remaining screen time with a couple minor players and Kumagai's sententious ramblings on the waning of the yakuza. The filmmaker agreed not to film any criminal activities, and what's left is a circumspect, middle-aged gangster posturing like Alain Delon. In Japanese with subtitles. 96 min.

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