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6810 Finian Drive
Wimington, NC 28409

(800) 24-ANIME

For over 25 years, AnimEigo has specialized in releasing the finest in subtitled Japanese Anime and Live-Action films.






Japanese w/ English subtitles
Format: DVD9, Region 1 (NA)
Rating: 18+, Run Time: 146 min.
Released: 1982
Aspect Ratio: 16:9, COLOR
Extras: Image Gallery, Program Notes, Bios, Theatrical Trailers
Director: Hideo Gosha
Screenplay: Hideo GOSHA, Koji TAKADA, Tomiko MIYAO
Starring: Masako NATSUME, Shima IWASHITA, Tatsuya NAKADAI
Warning: Contains Violence and NUDITY
© 1982 Toei Company, Ltd.

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A Chivalrous Man

Onimasa is the egocentric boss of a small yakuza (Japanese mafia) clan on Shikoku island, whose criminal duties conflict with his self-image as a chivalrous samurai. His struggles with his boss, the Shikoku Godfather, and the tumultuous life of his adopted daughter, Matsue, form the backdrop of this epic tale of justice, obedience, and bloody vengeance. 

  • Winner of 2 movie awards & 9 nominations,

  • Renowned director Hideo Gosha’s best-known film.

  • Japan’s official submission for the 1982 Foreign Language Academy Award (Oscars).

" intimate portrait of behind-closed-doors life in a small-time yakuza gang" -- AsiaShock

"...a satisfying, engrossing yakuza drama with much to recommend it, and AnimEigo's great transfer make it a pleasure to watch" -- DVD Talk

"...a film that showcases the complex world of the yakuza where the players were by turns criminals, heroes, dishonest, honorable, hated, and loved" -- Shogun-ki

"...a more complete understanding of this film by non-Japanese critics is essential" -- Coffee, Coffee...

"The film's meshing of contemporary elements with a period setting is oddly compelling" -- Twitch Film

"...a showcase role that lets the great actor [Nakadai] roam across a wide emotional range, from bloodstained badass to poignantly pathetic" -- Mondo 70

"The film carries Gosha’s signature style, of a long slow burn leading up to an explosive finish..." -- Japan Reviewed

"A superb, complex drama and a stellar later performance from Tatsuya Nakadai make the film a rare treat..." -- Slant

"...Onimasa A Japanese Godfather presents Tatsuya Nakadai at his best and surrounded by an equally impressive cast" -- AV Maniacs

"[Matsue's] life experiences make Scarlett O'Hara look like a sheltered innocent" -- DVD Savant

"With strong performances from all involved and a compelling family saga, Onimasa is a movie that deserves discovery and a high place of stature amongst the bloody tales of the Yakuza" -- Inside Pulse

"Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather is one of the greatest yakuza films I have ever seen" -- Euro Cult AV