Cops vs. Thugs


Action / Crime

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 95%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 95% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 7.1/10 10 950 950


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923.63 MB
Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
Seeds 9
1.68 GB
Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
Seeds 20

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 7 / 10

and then some more sex and violence

This probably deserves a second viewing because I lost the drift a couple of times and found myself confusing the goodies and the baddies. I'm sure this is partly the director's intention, but probably not to the extent I lost it for a while. Never mind this really moves along and the confusion surrounding the participants and the minimal plot matters little. Great cinematic style with much variety, even use of black and white for flash backs and freeze frame for emphasis. Rousing score inspired by blaxploitation movies and a welcome and strong performance from the great Reiko Ike. Sex and violence, some debate about whether the cops or the yakuza are the good guys and then some more sex and violence. Very good but I'm sure I'll enjoy it even more another time.

Reviewed by abeldevil 8 / 10

"Gangsters and cops are the same. They both respect codes and laws."

The film is the Japanese answer to American mafia movies.

The director Kinji Fukasaku also knowed for his recent successfull movie "Battle Royale", began his carrer with Yakuza's movies being the most representative director of the genre and considered like the master of this kind of films, inspiring well-known authors like Kitano and Miike. In "cops vs thugs" he breaks the thin border between cop and thugs and mix them in a violent and corrupted world, being difficult to know who is the good or bad guy. Perhaps because everyone have two faces.

The actors play a good performance and the main character plays a superb role struggling between the law and common sense, he alone against the world like inspector Harry Callahan, but the humanity of the character consist in his doubts.

The plot of the movie isn't very original, landscape speculation, but for the movie don't have any importance. Also the music inspired in American movies of seventies give more dinamism to action scenes.

In conclusion a good movie highly recommended to genre fans, where no one is free of guilty, that can be summarize with a line from the script: "Gangsters and cops are the same. They both respect codes and laws."


Reviewed by gavin6942 7 / 10

Cops vs Thugs: Better Than the Title Implies

Acting boss Hirotani (Hiroki Matsukata) of the Ohara gang uses his friendship with corrupt cop Kuno (Bunta Sugawara) to usurp a staged land deal that rival yakuza gang Kawade had arranged through local politicians. Open warfare erupts between the two gangs.

By 1975, Kinji Fukasaku had made more than 30 films, most if not all of this daunting number in the Toei studio system. Returning to the screen after completing their "Battles Without Honor and Humanity" series together, Fukasaku joined forces once again with screenwriter Kazuo Kasahara, composer Toshiaki Tsushima and star Bunta Sugawara.

We have a story where the corruption is so deep, it almost seems normal. It has been suggested that the title, "Cops Versus Thugs", is meant to imply "Cops as Compared to Thugs" rather than "Cops Fighting Thugs". This would be a wise and apt distinction, as the cops are every bit as involved in the yakuza as the "thugs" in this story. Allegedly the story is loosely based on a true incident (though no one knows what incident this would be), and there is the question of whether this is pure fantasy or some sort of blunt social commentary.

Besides the film's wild violence (sort of the precursor to Takashi Miike), what really stands out is the funky 1970s score from Toshiaki Tsushima, who worked with Fukasaku on the "Honor and Humanity" films as well as many others. One of their earlier collaborations is "The Green Slime" (1968), a personal favorite that was wrongly harangued in the debut episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

This is "Fukasaku at the peak of his powers," writes Tom Mes, who really ought to know better than anyone. For me, the peak will always be Fukasaku's final film, "Battle Royale", perhaps simply because it was my first exposure to his work. But of his nearly countless contributions to cinema, "Cops vs Thugs" (despite this terrible English title despite the subtlety mentioned above) is one of his best, and a true joy for anyone who likes crime, action, and maybe just a pinch of sleaze.

Along with a high-definition transfer, Arrow Video brings us "Beyond the Film: Cops vs Thugs", a new 10-minute video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane and a new 12-minute visual essay on cops and criminals in Fukasaku's works by film scholar Tom Mes. Praised by many as one of the all-time greatest yakuza films, this is not to be missed.

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