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The secret history of Japanese cinema: the Yakuza movies

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This article explores the interplay among economic imperatives within the entertainment business, the mafia's role in the creation of its own media image, and the production of gangster films. Taking Japan as a case study, the paper shows that, when given the chance to influence the content of gangster movies, crime bosses have portrayed themselves as benevolent patriarchs and a positive force in society, rather than the anti-heroes of classic American gangster movies. In Japan, such a choice...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1080/17440570600650166

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Linacre College
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Global Crime Journal website
Volume:
7
Issue:
1
Pages:
105-124
Publication date:
2006-02-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1744-0580
ISSN:
1744-0572
URN:
uuid:90a3c932-3ca9-4ec1-8c7e-22f40a8e7842
Local pid:
ora:3826
Language:
English
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