The celebrated Battles Without Honor and Humanity series continues with its second episode, Hiroshima Death Match, setting aside part one protagonist Shôzô Hirono (Bunta Sugawara) to follow a side story showcasing genre icons Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter) and Meiko Kaji (Female Convict 701: Scorpion).
Hiroshima, 1950. Demobilized kamikaze pilot Shôji Yamanaka (Kinya Kitaôji) is released from prison and finds himself hungry and broke. Following a bust up with a local gang, he earns the psychotic wrath of local underboss Ôtomo (Chiba), but Yamanaka's suicidal impulses are soon put to good use as a hitman for another gang, befriending series hero Shozo Hirono in the process. Despite a budding but forbidden romance with the boss's niece (Kaji), Yamanaka's instability and recklessness soon begin to make him a dangerous liability.
Taking an even more fatalistic turn than the series' original entry, Hiroshima Death Match tells the story of the ultimate loser, based on a true story uncovered by screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara while interviewing real-life Hiroshima yakuza for part one. A prosperous era may be dawning for the protagonists, but one with new characters and new grudges to draw them more deeply into its world of blood and betrayal.
"A violent saga awash in blood, betrayal, treachery and aggression."
- DVD Talk
"A nihilistic epic unlike any other."
- DVD Beaver
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles All the Bad Guys – a new, comprehensive video guide to the actors in the films Man of Action – a new interview with series fight choreographer Ryuzô Ueno Original trailers for all five films Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist