Japanese Title: GOKUDO NO ONNA-TACHI [Wives of the Gokudo]
Note: Gokudo is a Japanese euphemism for
Yakuza. The gangsters themselves
use this word to describe the more dignified members of the group.
The average citizen finds the two words interchangeable.
starring: Shima Iwashita · Kei Sato · Masanori Sera ·
Gosha contrasts two women and their dissimilar reaction to the violence
engulfing their lives in the world of tough gangsters. Tamaki (Shima
Iwashita) is married to the top bossman of the powerful Awazu Gang.
Rino Katase plays her sister Makoto, infatuated by the Yakuza life and
uses her body to get whatever she wants.
film is based on the writing of journalist Shoko Ieda who interviewed
yakuza wives and mistresses for articles published in Bunschun Weekly
Magazine. The result is essentially a melodrama, albeit a very
classy melodrama. It was directed by legendary filmmaker Hideo Gosha.
His involvement probably led to its chic reputation among critics and
audiences alike (sorta like the time in 2005 when Quentin Tarantino
directed an episode of CSI).
Mr Gosha was a deliberate filmmaker known for his quality, not quantity.
In fact, he helmed only 20 films between 1962 and his death in 1992
[but those include classics like Goyokin and Three
Outlaw Samurai.] Genre fans know him best for his crime noir
HUMAN BEASTS and the Diva sword-fighting thriller DEATH
SHADOWS. He died from a stroke, August 1992, at age 63.
in 1941, actress Shima Iwashita is a true Japanese movie star, appearing
in over 100 films since 1960. She's been married to film director Masahiro
Shinoda since 1968 and often stars in his motion pictures, including
SCANDALOUS ADVENTURES OF BURAIKAN and OWL'S
Japanese film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles; widescreen format,
fully uncut (120 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any
For Mature Audiences