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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Yakuza

This documentary takes us into the dangerous and mysterious world of the Japanese crime organization the Yakuza.

Estimated to have a approximately 100,000 members, the Yakuza are notorious for their tattooed bodies and their strict code of conduct. They are accused of being involved in child pornography, prostitution, drugs, among other types of illegal activity, generated upwards of an estimated 50 billion dollars per year. Established hundreds of years ago in the 17th century, the Yakuza have incredible power and influence in Japan and also operate on an international level.
Interestingly enough, the Yakuza don’t see themselves as villains. They call themselvesninky┼Ź dantai which is Japanese for chivalrous organizations.
This film, Yakuza, opens the window giving us a peek at the inner workings of this deadly criminal network.



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