Jingi-naki Tatakai series, War without a Code, Fukasaku Kinji, 1973-1974
The violent, documentary-style film chronicles the underworld tribulations of Hirono Shozo (Sugawara Bunta), a young ex-soldier and street thug in post-War Hiroshima. Starting in the open-air black markets of bombed-out Hiroshima in 1945, the film spans a period of more than ten years. The plot consists of a changing of the guard of new families and organizations with the same feuds and people, punctuated by the gritty violence. It gave way to four sequels, which form a sprawling yakuza epic. The overall tone of the series is bleak, violent and chaotic, expressing the futility of the struggles between yakuza families.
War without a Code: Hiroshima Deathmatch (1973)
War without a Code: Proxy War (1973)
War without a Code: Police Tactics (1974)
War without a Code: Final Episode (1974)