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Top 5 Movies to Get Hyped for Yakuza 5!

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Yakuza 5, so we wanted to post a quick update on it. A few weird development bugs that popped up in localization are taking some time to iron out. Without getting too technical, there were just certain parts that didn’t like switching the Japanese text out for English, and we had to actually search through the source code to find a fix, taking more time than we expected. But! Everything is more or less back on track. Once we have details, we’ll make sure to share them!

“SEGA PLZ!” we’re sure you’re screaming in frustration. “How am I supposed to experience the awesomeness of the Japanese underworld if I have to wait longer?!” Well, to help you out through these trying times, we put together a list of some appropriate movies you can watch to get hyped for Yakuza 5. NOTE: just as Yakuza 5 is rated M, most/all of these movies are rated R by the MPAA, so please take that into consideration.

5. “Tokyo Drifter” – In the 60s, Seijun Suzuki was one of the most prolific and masterful directors of Yakuza films. While “Branded to Kill” is a particularly great movie, Yakuza 5 can relate a little more to “Tokyo Drifter.” After his gang boss retires, Tetsu lives the life of a drifter, wandering around Japan. But being ex-Yakuza doesn’t stop other bosses from sending assassins after you…

4. “Infernal Affairs 1 + 2” – Ok, while this series of Chinese crime thrillers is totally on point, if you replaced the Chinese actors with some big-wig Hollywood types and move the setting from Hong Kong to Boston, you’d have “The Departed,” which was inspired by “Infernal Affairs.” Basically, the Triads put a mole in the police, while the police put a mole in the Triads, and it’s a race to find each other out.

3. “Pulp Fiction” – Arguably Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece, the interwoven stories between the cast of anti-heroes echoes the same structure of Yakuza 5, where players will bounce between the game’s 5 playable characters and carefully navigate the power struggle between warring clans. Sure, you’ve probably watched it already. WATCH IT AGAIN.

2. “Yojimbo” – From the legendary Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune comes this samurai film about a ronin who winds up in a village torn by two warring clans. Ok, it’s not a traditional gangster film, but watch it anyways just to see two crime bosses vie for the ronin’s services as a bodyguard (hint: “Yojimbo” means “bodyguard” in Japanese) as he masterfully plays them against one another. If you just HAVE to have tommy guns, “Last Man Standing” starring Bruce Willis has very similar trappings. Plus: it has Christopher Walken too. Minus: it has a bathtub scene….only with Willis.

1. “Sonatine” – Alright, so it’s a bit more arthouse than any of the films mentioned above, but let’s look at the facts: It was written, directed, and stars “Beat” Takeshi Kitano. It has some of the best gangster outfits ever. (I’m looking at you, double-breasted, lavender suit.) And if you’ve never seen a “Beat” Takeshi movie before, you kind of get a great picture of why you don’t mess with him. Some shopkeep mouths off to him at the beginning of the movie, and just before Takeshi leaves for Okinawa to broker a peace deal amongst two bosses, he makes a quick stop by the wharf, where the shopkeep is dangling at the end of a crane. “How long do you think he can hold his breath?” he asks a junior gang member. And well, you get the point. Best part? You do occasionally get to see his humanity peek out from his gangster façade, but a split-second later, and he’s shooting whoever’s disrespected him.

Well, there you have it! Hopefully that should tide you over (and hopefully most of those are streaming on Netflix or the like), but in the meantime stay tuned for more Yakuza 5 updates!