Director: Yves Montmayeur
Producers: Jean-Stéphane Michaux
Distributor: Camera Lucida
YAKUZA EIGA is an astonishing journey into Japan's cinematic underworld from the end of World War II until today, during which time emblematic, key figures of new Japanese cinema like Takashi Miike and Takeshi Kitano have relifted the genre. For a period of four decades, actors and directors met real yakuza, and real yakuza and gang leaders became top actors. This documentary is a cross-border film between cinéma vérité and an historical approach to a popular yet controversial genre, yakuza cinema.
Director Yves Montmayeur was born in France in 1963, and now lives and works in Paris. For years he has been a film critic for French movie reviews and TV networks (Canal+, the TRACKS programme on Arte TV), in addition to being a member of the L’Etrange Festival in Paris team and moderator of press conferences at different festivals, including Cannes. Since 2000, he has been making documentaries on “eccentric” directors like Michael Haneke, Takashi Miike, Asia Argento, Johnnie To and Hayao Miyazaki.