"Afraid to Die"
Directed by Yasuzo Masumura
In a rare film appearance, the gifted and tragic
Japanese writer Yukio Mishima stars in this fantastic yakuza film from
Yasuzo Masumura. Mishima plays a young gangster who is released from prison
only to find that he is a marked man, forced to fight for his survival. "Masumura's
film fits squarely into the New Wave phenomenon with a fast-moving but
nearly incomprehensible plot and talent from outside the established movie
world, such as novelist Mishima. A satirical look at the yakuza world before
the genre of gangster films became formula..." (Audie Bock, Pacific Film
Archive). Japanese with English subtitles. 94 minutes.