Gokudō (極道) is a name for cheaply produced (often direct to video) Yakuza movies. The genre often is known for its themes of sex and violence.

Takashi Miike is one director who rose through the world of Gokudō to become an internationally known sensation.

18th Yokohama Film Festival

The 18th Yokohama Film Festival (第18回ヨコハマ映画祭) was held on 2 February 1997 in Kannai Hall, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

7th Japan Film Professional Awards

The 7th Japan Film Professional Awards (第7回日本映画プロフェッショナル大賞) is the 7th edition of the Japan Film Professional Awards. It awarded the best of 1997 in film. The ceremony took place on March 28, 1998, at Theatre Shinjuku in Tokyo.

Akiko Hinagata

Akiko Hinagata (雛形あきこ, Hinagata Akiko, born January 27, 1978) is a Japanese actress and former gravure idol. She made her acting debut in 1992 in the TBS drama Obenkyō. In 1994, she was chosen Fuji Television Visual Queen. Two years later, Hinagata received the Golden Arrow Graph prize. In 1997 she was awarded a Special Prize at the 10th annual Japan Glasses Best Dressed Awards. She appeared on the Fuji TV program Iron Chef as a judge in "Battle Banana". Hinagata has appeared in at least 25 television roles, including the Fuji Television production Ring: Kanzenban.In film, Hinagata had the assignment of playing herself in a voice role in a Crayon Shin-chan movie. She appeared in a Gokudō no Onna-tachi film, and in the 2004 Ghost Shout.

Additionally, she has hosted five radio programs. She regularly appears on television variety shows, and has acted on stage. In commercials, she has represented Nissin Foods' ramen and udon, Mitsubishi (now Nippon) Oil, Asahi Soft Drinks' Sawayaka Budō, Pola Cosmetics, and Japan Tobacco's Yamucha-rō beverages. She has released five photo books and published two collections of essays. In 2013, she married actor Kousei Amano.


Gendai-geki (現代劇) is a genre of film and television or theater play in Japan. Unlike the jidai-geki genre of period dramas, whose stories are set in the Edo period, gendaigeki stories are contemporary dramas set in the modern world.


Gokudō, a Japanese word literally meaning "extreme path" or "wicked" and commonly used as a synonym for yakuza, may refer to:

Gokudo the Adventurer (1991), a light novel series by Usagi Nakamura later adapted into a manga (1995) and anime (1999)

Gozu (2003), horror anthology film by Takashi Miike, released in Japan as Gokudō Kyōfu dai-Gekijō

The Raid 2 (2014), Indonesian film directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans, released in Japan as The Raid: Gokudo

Rainy Dog (1997), the second film in the Black Triad trilogy by Takashi Miike, released in Japan as Gokudô Kuroshakai

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015), Japanese film by Takashi Miike, released in Japan as Gokudō Daisensō

Gokudo the Adventurer

Gokudo-kun the Adventurer (ゴクドーくん漫遊記, Gokudō-kun Man'yūki) is a Japanese light novel series written by Usagi Nakamura and illustrated by Takeru Kirishima. The light novel was first serialized by Kadokawa Shoten in their light novel magazine Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko. It was later adapted into a manga in 1995 and released in Dengeki Daioh magazine. An anime adaptation was produced by Trans Arts and aired on TV Tokyo from 2 April 1999 to 24 September 1999, with a total of 26 episodes.

Enoki Films holds the United States anime license under the name Jester the Adventurer. In 2001,

AnimeWorks translated and released the anime on DVD as simply Gokudo. On 18 July 2016, Discotek Media announced it had licensed the anime from Enoki Films. A DVD collection was released on 27 September later that year.

Gokudō Meshi

Gokudō Meshi (極道めし) is a Japanese manga series by Shigeru Tsuchiyama. It has been adapted into a live action film also known as Sukiyaki in 2011.


Gozu (極道恐怖大劇場 牛頭 GOZU, Gokudō kyōfu dai-gekijō: Gozu, literally: Yakuza Horror Theatre: Cow's Head) is a 2003 Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Miike and written by Sakichi Sato.

Ken Ishikawa

Ken Ishikawa (石川賢, Ishikawa Ken, June 28, 1948 – November 15, 2006) was a Japanese manga artist. He is renowned as the co-creator (with Go Nagai) of the Getter Robo anime series, as well as four of their subsequent manga continuations. According to Go Nagai, he considered Ken Ishikawa his greatest friend and ally.

Ken Nishida

Ken Nishida (西田 健, Nishida Ken, born June 24, 1945) is a Japanese actor and voice actor. He is noted for his roles in Return of Ultraman, Eyeful Daisakusen, Uchuu Keiji Gavan, Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, G-Men '75, and Shin Kyoto Meikyū Annai. His guest roles have included multiple episodes of Key Hunter, Mito Kōmon, Taiyō ni Hoero!, Zenigata Heiji, and Abarenbō Shōgun. He is also a regular guest star in the two-hour prime-time special drama format, with 35 appearances on the Tuesday Kayō Suspense Gekijō and 25 on the Saturday Doyō Wide Gekijō. A veteran jidaigeki actor, Nishida portrayed the recurring villain Mugensai who masterminded the plot to assassinate the shogun in the series Shogun Iemitsu Shinobi Tabi Part II. He appeared as Asano Daigaku, younger brother of the daimyō whose forced seppuku triggered the events of the Forty-seven rōnin, in The Fall of Ako Castle. A modern role was in the 1986 Kei Kumai film adaptation Umi to Doku of the Shūsaku Endō novel of the same name (translated as The Sea and Poison). Three films in the Gokudō no Onna-tachi series of gangster films are also to his credit. In anime, Ken provided the Japanese voice of Kazundo Gouda in Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG.

List of Japanese movie studios

List of Japanese movie studios:

Art Theatre Guild

Daiei Motion Picture Company

Kadokawa Pictures

Kindai Eiga Kyokai

Million Film

Nikkatsu Corporation


Shintōhō Eiga


Taishō Katsuei

Tennenshoku Katsudō Shashin

Toei Company


Yokota Shōkai

Yoshizawa Shōten

Rino Katase

Rino Katase (かたせ梨乃, Katase Rino, born 8 May 1957) is a Japanese actress. She won the Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 11th Japan Academy Prize for Gokudō no Onnatachi 2 and Yoshiwara Enjō.

Rokurō Mochizuki

Rokurō Mochizuki (望月六郎, Mochizuki Rokurō) is a Japanese film director who has worked in pink film, adult videos and mainstream cinema. He won the award for Best Director at the 19th Yokohama Film Festival for Onibi and A Yakuza in Love.

Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike (三池 崇史, Miike Takashi, born August 24, 1960) is a Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over one hundred theatrical, video and television productions since his debut in 1991. His films range from violent and bizarre to dramatic and family-friendly.

Yakuza Apocalypse

Yakuza Apocalypse (極道大戦争, Gokudō Daisensō) is a 2015 Japanese action fantasy–yakuza vampire film directed by Takashi Miike and written by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2015, before being released theatrically on June 20 throughout Japan.

Yakuza Weapon

Yakuza Weapon (極道兵器, Gokudō Heiki) is a 2011 Japanese film directed and written by Tak Sakaguchi and Yūdai Yamaguchi. Based on the manga by Ken Ishikawa, the film is about Shozo Iwaki (Tak Sakaguchi) who works as a mercenary in South America. Iwaki is informed of the death of his gang boss dad and discovers his former Yakuza henchman is involved in a double-cross. Yakuza Weapon was premiered at the 2011 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and opened theatrically in Japan on July 23, 2011.

Yakuza film

Yakuza film (Japanese: ヤクザ映画, Hepburn: Yakuza Eiga) is a popular film genre in Japanese cinema which focuses on the lives and dealings of yakuza, Japanese organized crime syndicates.

Yū (song)

"Yū" (優(ゆう), lit. "Gentle") is a song recorded by Japanese singer Shizuka Kudo, released as a single through Pony Canyon on June 5, 1996. It featured as the theme song on the ninth and penultimate installment of the Gokudō no Onna-tachi Yakuza film series, Gokudō no Onna-tachi: Kiken na Kake (1996), starring Kudo herself.The coupling song "Luna (Tsuki no Megami)", which was first included on Kudo's album, Doing, a month prior, is the theme song to the film Bakusō! Moon Angel: Kita e (1996), starring Kudo as a female truck driver in her first cinematic role since Future Memories: Last Christmas. The song was recut as a B-side to "Yū" to promote the film.

"Yū" is the third and last in a consecutive trilogy of singles with one-character titles: "Yū" is preceded by "Chō" and "7".

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