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LATE FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE NIGHTLIGHT for the month of November are Japanese Yakuza Films.
The Nightlight is hosting a biweekly screening of cult classics in conjunction with the American Genre Film Archive. Formed in 2009, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Austin, Texas. AGFA exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies through collection, conservation, and distribution. Our archive counts among its advisors Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League, filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson, Anna Biller, Frank Henenlotter, and Nicolas Winding Refn, musician RZA, exploitation film savior Lisa Petrucci, and genre film superheroes Zack Carlson, Kier-La Janisse, and Lars Nilsen. Housing over six thousand film prints, a 4K film scanner, and theatrical and home video distribution arms, AGFA will never rest until genre movies rule the world.
On November 23rd for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Cops Vs. Thugs (1975) directed by Kinji Fukasaku
“A surprisingly redemptive tale. Usually these movies end in a bloody heap of tragedy, and while that tinge of doom is still very much here, COPS VS. THUGS has the tiniest bit of uplift, which seems enormous in the scope of Fukasaku's oeuvre.” -- “Xebeche”, Letterboxd
Considered by many as one of the greatest single-film achievement in the yakuza genre by director Kinji Fukasaku (BATTLE ROYALE, the BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY series), COPS VS. THUGS was made at the height of Toei Studios' jitsuroku boom: realistic, modern crime movies based on true stories ripped from contemporary headlines.
Echoing the great crime films of Sidney Lumet and Jean-Pierre Melville, in Fukasaku's world, there's no honor among thieves or lawmen alike. It's 1963 in the southern city of Kurashima, and tough-as-nails detective Kuno oversees a detente between warring Kawade and Ohara gangs. When random violence interrupts the peace and an ambitious, by-the-books police lieutenant comes to town, Kuno's fragile alliance crumbles...