‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ Blu-Ray Review

Thanks to Madman we saw Takashi Miike‘s latest film ‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ on Blu-Ray.

yakuza 1Imagine a society where The Yakuza are the good guys, and their leader is a vampire who transfers his blood to his bodyguard, Akira (Hayato Ichihara), before dying after being ambushed.

Now a Yakuza Vampire, Akira must seek revenge against his boss’ killers.

Takashi Miike is by far one of the best and most popular Japanese directors, with iconic films like the superb 13 Assassins, the horror masterpiece Audition, and the film adaptation of Ace Attorney.

yakuza 2This time, Miike goes nuts by mixing yakuzas with vampires and martial arts, and even casting ‘The Raid’ star, Yayan Ruhian, in order to add some extra kicks. However, despite his fans’ expectations, the film fails to charm. This is due to a combination of poor acting by the lead cast and ridiculous secondary characters that, sadly, provide unintentional comic relief. These odd secondary characters include a Kappa Demon and a Frog Fighter.

In addition, the martial arts skills of Yayan Ruhian are wasted on his lame character whose final fight never really happens. This all makes for a totally frustrating experience for viewers, who are likely to be even further upset by the film’s horribly nonsensical, open-ended conclusion that feels as though the production team ran out of ideas or their budget.

Yakuza Apocalypse is out now from Madman. Get your copy here.