Tatsuya Shindo, a 15-year-old former yakuza minister, analyzed and evaluated the realism of several yakuza performances in 10 movies and TV shows.
Yakuza is a member of a Japanese criminal organization. Before becoming a priest in Tsumitomo’s church, Shindo was convicted seven times and imprisoned three times. It is now a defense and support system for others who have recently been released from prison. Speaking to Insider, he was asked to watch ten clips and rate the accuracy of Yakuza’s demonstrations in movies and on television, including films like Kill Bill: Vol 1 and Avengers: Endgame.
The first clip of Kill Bill: Vol 1 is from 2003. Lucy Liu’s O-Ren Ishii (Cottonmouth) attends a meeting with top yakuza leaders. In the now-iconic scene, Cottonmouth is offended as a woman and as a Japanese, Chinese, and American. “It does not mean what your nationality or skin color is. The oppressed and restricted people of Japanese society live in a yakuza world. This is the background,” Shindo said. “So it does not mean if you are Chinese or of another nationality.”
As for Cottonmouth, who then cut off one of the critical members, Shindo made it clear that even if there were quarrels between gangs or “family,” no one would be killed “after the reunion of a key member like this” and you would not Suddenly Kill a Member of Your Family Bill: Volume 1 got five out of 10 to be exact.
For other movies, like Jared Leto’s The Outsider in 2018, Shindo gave the film an 8 out of 10, and Avengers: Endgame (2019) got a clear “zero” for realism, primarily thanks to the use of a sword under the trade. between Yakuza and Hawkeye / Ronin. “There were no sword fights like this. It’s weapons these days,” Shindo said.
Other films like A Family (2020) scored seven, while Deadpool 2 (2018) scored “minus five” for the bathroom scene. Shindo noticed that the tank itself was inaccurate but that inserting a sword would destroy the weapon. Archer Season 5, Episode 3 received five out of 10; It was rated Graveyard of Honor (2002), a film about a real yakuza named Rikio Ishikawa who committed suicide after throwing himself from the roof of Fuchu Prison; Minbo (1992) is number two; and Sonatine (1993) in third place.
Shindo’s top-rated film was Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973), a famous Japanese film about the end of World War II, which rated it at nine out of ten. “This movie is basically the story of a real yakuza character. I saw this film as a kid and that’s why I became a yakuza,” he said.
“The social need for prisons is to rehabilitate those who are” criminals. “I’m working to earn this rehabilitation. As you have seen, I need a little finger. I have tattoos. But people like me can be decent, “Shindo said. That’s how I want to make Japan a better place. “