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Series Retrospective: Our Gang  by ED Tucker
The Top 30 Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Actresses, #21-30  by Lisa Scherer Ciurro
Kansai Gangstas  by Jason Fetters
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Kansai Gangstas

This is a very funny film. Its based on a manga that Takashi Miike grew up reading in high school by the manga artist, Dorkman.

The film opens with an amusing finishing move. The two main characters get in a fight with some street punks, after beating one of the punks down, they vomit on his face.

Miike does a good job of establishing characters in this early effort. You get to like Makoto and Eiji as the movie progreses. Makoto seems so innocent and nice but is naive enough to be recruited into the Yakuza. Since both Makoto and Eiji both fail to graduate high schol, it seems that their job prospects are limited in Japanese society.

Osaka Tough Guys show a lighter view of Yakuza life than other Yakuza films. It's refreshing to see slapstick antics inside hostess clubs. While it is amusing, it does show the dark side of Yakuza life like Makoto's girlfriend getting set up, problems with debt collecting, and the fact that the community doesn't show hardly any respect to their Yakuza sect.

It isn't as dark as Audition or Rainy Dogs. It is an enjoyable film that shows off the nightlife of Osaka. Anyone who has ever lived in Osaka and visited places like Umeda, Shinsaibashi, and Doutonbori, will see those locations, particularly in the daytime scenes.

Overall a fun, fast-paced, action/comedy that you don't have to stop and think to get into.

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