Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather (1982)

Director
Hideo Gosha

Main cast
Tatsuya Nakadai; Masako Natsume; Shima Iwashita; Tetsurō Tamba; Akiko Kana

Genres
Action, Foreign

Description
Onimasa is the egocentric boss of a small yakuza clan on Shikoku Island, whose criminal duties conflict with his self-image as a chivalrous samurai. His struggles with his boss, the Shikoku Godfather, and the tumultuous life of his adopted daughter, Matsue, form the backdrop of this epic tale of justice, obedience, and bloody vengeance.


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