Yakuza movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant yakuza movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, exciting, serious, stylized, rough and captivating films and TV shows about / with yakuza, crimes, violence, gangsters, danger, rivalry, crime, murder, blood and gang plots mostly in Action, Crime and Drama genres shot in Japan, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as yakuza: Brother (2000), Beyond Outrage (2012), The Outsider (2018), Graveyard of Honor (2002), Outrage Coda (2017), Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967), Giri/Haji (2019), The Yakuza (1974), Gozu (2003), Like a Dragon (2007).

List of yakuza movies

 7.1
 22K
Brother (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California, where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This is the first English film by Takeshi Kitano.
Style: serious, rough, atmospheric, exciting, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, mafia, culture clash, suicide, gangsters, family relations, sibling relationship, gang war, criminal heroes, siblings relations, fish out of water, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, japan, california, usa, tokyo
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Beyond Outrage (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war in Outrage ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, rough, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, gang war, criminal heroes, law enforcement, rivalry, danger, crime, crimes, deadly, elimination, power struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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 6.3
 21K
The Outsider (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A former American G.I. joins a yakuza family after his release from prison in post-World War II Osaka.
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: yakuza, organized crime, prison, rivalry, danger, dishonesty, crimes, mob boss, rise and fall, heroin, anti hero, smuggling ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, year 1954
Place: japan, osaka japan
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Graveyard of Honor (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A barkeeper saves a Yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However, his fear of nothing soon causes problems.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: yakuza, life is a bitch, deadly, drug abuse, addiction, criminal heroes, crimes, gangsters, rivalry, criminal's revenge, crime, gang ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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 6.3
 2K
Outrage Coda (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Ôtomo gets involved with new Yakuza battles after he comes back the Yakuza society.
Style: disturbing, exciting, captivating, suspense, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, crime boss, organized crime, danger, survival, hitman, gunfight, brutality, mafia, murder, violence, death threat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a local gambling house kidnaps some peasants because they failed to pay their debts, a rival gambling house pays their debts and sets them free.
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, semi serious ...
Plot: yakuza, samurai, gambling, jail, adventure, rivalry, crimes, small town, dishonesty, martial arts, village, murder ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan
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 7.9
 10K
Giri/Haji (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
TV show
Story: Soulful thriller set in Tokyo and London, exploring the butterfly effect of a single murder across two cities. A dark, witty and daring examination of morality and redemption.
Plot: yakuza, mafia, police detective, gangsters, terminal illness, cancer patient, father daughter relationship, missing brother, gang war, murder investigation, lesbian daughter, japanese police ...
Time: 2010s
Place: tokyo, london
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 7.2
 8K
The Yakuza (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, intense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, kidnapping, gangsters, mafia, neo noir, crime, crimes, friendship, culture clash, rescue, haunted by the past, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan, california
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 7.0
 11K
Gozu (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Minami mistakenly kills a gangster associate of his named Brother. Almost as soon as the murder takes place, the body of the deceased man is gone, prompting Minami to conduct a search. While looking, he finds a mysterious isolated hotel where he ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, murder, obsession, hitman, mental illness, deadly, danger, mission of murder, hotel, transvestism, restaurant ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Like a Dragon (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Former Yakuza underling Kiryu Kazuma, who has recently been released from prison after a lengthy incarceration, and is trying to piece his life together and distance himself from his Yakuza past. Unfortunately Kiryu's problems slowly escalate ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, gang, crimes, vengeance, danger, gangsters, rivalry, bank, track down, hitman, heist, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In Japan, gonzo filmmakers hatch a three-pronged plan to save an actress's career, end a yakuza war and make a hit movie.
Style: humorous, rough, realistic, semi serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: yakuza, filmmaking, gang war, vengeance, parents and children, uninhibited rivalry, love and romance, crimes, deadly, chaos, female killer, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
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 6.4
 13K
Versus (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Set in the present where a group of ruthless gangsters, an unknown woman and an escaped convict have met, unwittingly, in The Forest of Resurrection, the 444th portal to the other side. Their troubles start when those once killed and buried in the ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, exciting, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, yakuza, on the run, supernatural, gangsters, danger, chase, hostage, samurai, heroic mission, back from the dead, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: japan, asia
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 5.8
 4K
Darc (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: To bring down a global human trafficking ring, an Interpol agent recruits the help of a brutal criminal with inside knowledge of the yakuza.
Style: intense, exciting, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, yakuza, justice, vengeance, human trafficking, interpol, tough heroes, fight scenes, brutality, violence, gangs, anti heroes ...
Place: asia
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 6.5
 51K
Taxi 2 (2000)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A cabdriver and a cop race to Paris to rescue a love interest and the Japanese minister of defense from kidnappers.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: car chase, yakuza, chase, taxi, taxi driver, hostage, rescue, gang, police investigation, goofy hero, partners, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: marseille provence, france, paris france, europe, marseille ...
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 6.8
 5K
First Love (2019)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.
Style: uplifting, disturbing, psychological, captivating
Plot: prostitute, yakuza, drugs, police officer, boxing match, boxer, life is a bitch, crimes, danger, love, escapades, love affair ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who ...
Style: dark humor, exciting, tense, non-linear, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, one man army, mentor, tough girl, female warrior, dark hero, organized crime, revenge, hate, warrior, master warrior, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, asia, tokyo, japan, pasadena california
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 8.0
 1K
Hinamatsuri (2018)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: One night, a strange object falls on the head of Nitta, a member of the yakuza. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina. She has tremendous supernatural powers, and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in. Her powers can come in ...
Style: touching, humorous, sincere, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: yakuza, mafia, supernatural, high school, family, friendship, adventure, danger, escapades, family relations, alien, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
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 4.6
 234
Fatal Blade (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: East meets West as the Japanese Yakuza battle drug lords and the LAPD in the streets of Los Angeles...
Style: tense, exciting, captivating, suspense
Plot: yakuza, martial arts, hitman, organized crime, katana, police officer, katana sword, nudity (full frontal - brief), bare breasts, sex, revenge
Place: los angeles, japan
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 6.7
 38K
Wasabi (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he used to work 19 years ago, to settle the probate of his ...
Style: realistic, exciting, semi serious, light, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: inheritance, hitman, father daughter relationship, investigation, youth, police detective, yakuza, culture clash, police brutality, parents and children, silly humor, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, paris france, kyoto japan ...
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 6.3
 1K
Pistol Opera (2001)
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As one of Suzuki's last fims, it is related to his 1967 Branded to Kill, either as a remake or sequel. The plots of both films involve a third-ranked hit man deposing the top-ranked hit man to claim the top rank.
Style: psychedelic, surreal, realistic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: yakuza, assassin, danger, contests and competitions, rivalry, hitman, crimes, deadly, assassination, graphic violence, femme fatale, japanese woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their ...
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, rescue, samurai, interracial relations, yakuza, gang, tough law enforcer, partners, crimes, partners against crime, crime, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, asia, usa, japan
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Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: On the planet Latimer, Takeshi Kovacs must protect a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC.
Style: tech noir, contemplative, captivating, suspense, exciting
Plot: cyberpunk, distant future, neo noir, yakuza, murder investigation, male female partnership, tattooed man, neon sign, firearm, virtual reality, katana, hologram ...
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 7.5
 1K
Gokusen (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 54 min.
TV show
Story: Newly graduate Yamaguchi Kumiko an idealistic teacher who entered Shirokin High to be a math teacher. Having high hopes for her students, her world turned up side down when she finds out that she'll be teaching the class 3-D the hardest class ...
Style: semi serious, captivating, humorous, realistic
Plot: yakuza, bully, school, teacher student relationship, hardcase students, gain trust, brat, internet, blind date, student, school teacher, beautician ...
Place: japan
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Dead or Alive 2 (2000)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, realistic, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, shooting, hitman, yakuza, friends, criminal heroes, danger, drug dealing, buddies, crimes, gangsters, orphan ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
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 6.7
 50K
Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, ...
Style: suspense, serious, exciting, realistic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, police investigation, partners, fish out of water, gang war, culture clash, gunfight, crimes, crime, track down, danger, yakuza ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, new york, asia, usa, osaka japan ...
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 6.5
 3K
Tokyo Tribe (2014)
Genre: Action, Musical
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. The simmering tension between them is about to boil over into all-out war.
Style: futuristic, exciting, captivating, tense, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, hip hop, crimes, gangsters, escapades, profanity, yakuza, urban ghetto life, sword fight, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), violence ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 7.6
 16K
Dolls (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a story provided by the puppets and their masters, which relates thematically to the ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, bleak, surreal, melancholic ...
Plot: regret, obsession, disfigurement, suicide attempt, love and romance, lovers reunited, mental illness, renewed love, blind character, romance, yakuza, elopement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.5
 12K
Crying Freeman (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, Japan, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A lethal assassin for a secret Chinese organisation, who sheds tears of regret each time he kills, is seen swiftly and mercilessly executing three Yakuza gangsters by a beautiful artist. She is captivated by the grace of his kill and later falls in ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, danger, murder, martial arts, rivalry, police investigation, gangsters, fight, assassination, fall in love, falling in love, heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, shanghai china, shanghai, new york, tokyo ...
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 7.4
 2K
Monday (2000)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A simple funeral turns a man's world upside down.
Style: humorous, atmospheric, captivating, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: gangsters, life turned upside down, danger, gang, deadly, chases and races, crimes, memory loss, disorder, yakuza, coincidence, chase ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
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Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
Story: A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his mind, and his hands deal death without mercy. At last, the ...
Style: disturbing, adult animation
Plot: psychopath, origin of hero, yakuza, corruption, mental illness, rage, murder, brutality, beating, fight, good versus evil, panic ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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