Directed by: Kō Nakahira
1963 / 90 minutes / Unclassified 15+
An urban battlefield: Young love caught in the crosshairs of underground Tokyo
A lowly member of the Tsukada Gang, Jirō’s failed drug run is the first event to seriously test his devotion to his yakuza family. With nothing to sacrifice but his autonomy, he seems ready and willing – until a chance meeting with Mami throws things out of order. Though she is the daughter of a wealthy diplomat the two strike up an unlikely friendship that quickly spirals towards dreams of an unattainable life together.
Taking place during the yakuza boom that followed WWII and the American occupation of Japan, Mud Spattered Purity paints a dynamic portrait of a generation of lost children. Set against a strikingly chaotic underground Tokyo, Nakahira mirrors a national dichotomy of the times: The violent underbelly rippling beneath Japan’s progress in establishing itself amongst a globalising world.
Director: Kō Nakahira
Cast: Mitsuo Hamada, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Asao Koike and Masako Izumi
Genre: Special Series
Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles
Format: 35mm colour