YOUNG YAKUZA

By Jean-Pierre LIMOSIN

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Documentary - Completed 2007


    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jean-Pierre LIMOSIN
    • Producer(s)
    • Christian BAUTE (Celluloid Dreams), Hengameh PANAHI (Celluloid Dreams)
    • Synopsis
    • 20 year old Naoki is caught up in the ever increasing new problem of juvenile delinquency in Japan.
      His record is dismal, a failure at school, at work and in his personal life, Naoki has decided to turn to a
      life of petty crime.
      Naoki’s mother, Mrs Watanabe, is driven to despair and shame by his lifestyle. One day she meets up with an old school friend, Mr Imai. During her conversation with him she reveals, with great sadness, that, as much as she has tried everything to make her son become a productive member of Japanese society, he has now started to stray. She asks Mr Imai’s advice – can he think of a way out for her son?
      Mr Imai suggests that she place her son, for a while, in a “yakuza”, a Japanese styled Mafia family - long enough for him to decide if he wants to stay within the “yakuza” or go back to his mother. He believes that the experience could anchor Naoki. Mrs. Watanabe is stunned. She is torn between immense feelings of shame towards the community – her own family, the neighbours, her work colleagues – and the glimmer of hope that this last chance might just save her son. Naoki will have to choose between the light and the darkness…
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