Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion (1992)

Director
Juzo Itami

Main cast
Nobuko Miyamoto; Yasuo Daichi; Akira Takarada; Takehiro Murata; Yûji Miyake

Genres
Comedy, Drama

Description
A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza (Japanese gangsters) and is a favorite target of theirs for extortion. They employ a variety of schemes to con the hotel out of 'hush-money.' The hotel needs to rid itself of the Yakuza and finally begins to fight back by hiring Mahiru Inoue, a lawyer who is an expert at dealing with these criminals on their own terms. This film by Juzo Itami combines action with farce, as an all-out war ensues. Written by Tad Dibbern


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