(aka 'K‘IKI B‘RYOKU: RYUUKETSU NO SHIMA' or 'Bloody Territories'')

directed by Yasuharu Hasebe
Japan 1969

From cult Japanese action director Yasuharu Hasebe comes Bloody Territories, a stylishly colorful yakuza tale set against the backdrop of Tokyo’s gangster underworld. A once-powerful yakuza clan disbands as a result of a police crackdown, but one small group refuses to bow to police pressure, and launches a campaign to take over Tokyo’s drug, prostitution, and gambling rackets. Someone wants to stop them. Is it the police? Rival gang members? Or is it an entirely new group of hired killers who will stop at nothing to gain complete control of Tokyo’s “bloody territories”?


Theatrical Release: June 14th, 1970 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:26:47
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.24 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio  Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Liner notes by Japanese film expert Chris D. (American Cinematheque) with original poster scan included (see above)
• Original Japanese trailer (4:3 widescreen - 2:48)

• Home Vision 'Zatoichi' trailer (4:3 - 1:45)

DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004

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Chapters: 16


A bit of a hazier image than in 'Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter'' but still in glorious 2.35 widescreen and excellent 16X9 friendly subtitles. Good colors, excellent contrast and original audio. Once you get into the film the minor softness is unnoticeable. This film does have quite a bit of violent imagery, but for die-hard Japanese cult fans it will definitely suffice.  out of  

Gary W. Tooze


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