In 1968, acclaimed director Toshio Masada (Rusty Knife, Tora! Tora! Tora!) and rising star Tetsuya Watari (Tokyo Drifter) teamed up for Outlaw: Gangster VIP, a gritty yakuza yarn based on the writings of real life ex-gangster Goro Fujita.
The series offers up a depiction of the Japanese underworld that was unprecedented in its realism and its sympathetic portrayal of its protagonist as a man haunted by his past, unable to escape a life of crime. The success of the initial instalment spawned five sequels, continuing the story of the lone wolf “Slasher” Goro and his quest for redemption.
The films presented a new kind of realism and violence that would prefigure Kinji Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor and Humanity series, with their winning combination of brutal violence, gang warfare and sweeping romance, these films make for a unique and unforgettable viewing experience.
The set includes six films in the Outlaw series released for the first time in the west: Gangster VIP, Gangster VIP 2, Heartless, Goro the Assassin, Black Dagger, and Kill!
"Arrow Video's Outlaw Gangster VIP boxed set collection does a very fine job of bringing to home video for the first time in English friendly editions six entertaining films that offer up romance, action, violence and intrigue in spades. The films look and sound really good and some interesting extras detail the history of the pictures nicely. Highly recommended."
- DVD Talk
"A really interesting aggregation of films. Technical merits are good to very good and as usual Arrow has provided a very handsome package with some appealing supplements. Recommended."
Limited Edition Box Set (3000 copies) containing all six films in the Outlaw series, available with English subtitles for the first time on any home video format High Definition digital transfers of all six films, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations Original uncompressed mono audio Newly translated English subtitles Audio commentary on Outlaw: Gangster VIP by Jasper Sharp Visual essay covering the entire series by Kevin Gilvear Original trailers for all six films Extensive promotional image galleries for all six films Exclusive gatefold packaging featuring brand new artwork by Tonci Zonjic Booklet featuring an interview with director Toshio Masuda by Mark Schilling, plus new writing by Schilling, Chris D and Kevin Gilvear