Anton Kusters – 893 Yakuza in Photography

A little while ago I posted about the Belgium Photographer who managed to get the confidence of the Yakuza. I didn’t find out except after a little roaming around that he put together a book of all the photographs and details, that book had a limited edition run and was sold out extremely quickly. This time around he is making another edition of the book which will be available in limited quantities by October 30th, I personally loved the photographs and jumped at the possibility of buying the book, so I bought two.

To buy the book click this link: AntonKusters Buy Book
To see more photographs click this link: Photographs

Yakuza In Pictures

The Yakuza are one of the most dangerous organizations currently operating in Asia and specifically in Japan, and they have been around for a long time. I tend to find the Yakuza to be extremely interesting with their complex set of rules and honor system, there are those are living by the old code and those living by the money. It is a difficult world to see let a long penetrate, but through two years of perseverance Anton Kusters from Belgian managed to gain the group’s confidence and bring photographs of this world to light. Be warned some of the photographs are explicit.

Link: BBC


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Review: Shinjuku Incident

A simple Chinese immigrant wages a perilous war against one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet in this sprawling action drama directed by Derek Yee (ONE NIGHT IN MONGKOK) and starring Jackie Chan, Daniel Wu, and Masaya Kato.

Jackie Chan is one of my all time favorite actors because he is good at what he does and sticks to it. This the first time I see a crime mob drama from Jackie Chan, and I have been waiting over a year to see this movie, and it is well worth the wait, probably the best movie that Jackie Chan has ever done and it involves very little of Jackie Chan’s usual Martial Arts. Many Chinese in the 90s immigrated to Japan for work, they were left to do menial work and ignored by main stream society. Jackie Chan or Steelhead started making the Chinese work together, and getting caught in the cross fires of a Yakuza war. Steelhead decides to work with certain heads of the Yakuza to help them in their war and it goes deeper then he thought possible. This movie was banned in the main land China because it was deemed too bloody but it seems to be a sensitive subject for the Chinese and Japanese. It is one of the best modern movie that I have seen come out of China or Japan, I pulled in by every moment of it.

Link: IMDB
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