Review: Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2 (Japan 1968)

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Part 2 of the Goro saga moves to Tohoku, and gives us snow instead of city for a while. Tetsuya Watari is back as honorable (now former) gangster Goro – he tries to get out but they keep pulling him back in! – and Chieko Matsubara returns as his long-suffering love interest, but now we get Hideaki Nitani in his usual role as “brother on the wrong side” and my favorite Nikkatsu sleazebag Kunie Tanaka as a frenemy who has beef with Goro (well, maybe second favorite sleazebag, I do love Nobuo Kaneko).

Formulaic but fun, with a nicely edited confrontation/dance sequence featuring everybody’s beloved Meiko Kaji, and continuing the series’ portrayal of train stations as horrific death traps.

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