In Japan, Fukasaku is a legendary and highly respected director. In the States, his epic crime films are barely discussed outside a couple books devoted to Japanese cinema.
So folks, all 3 of you that read this, go out and grab this set. For me, these are better gangster epics than the Godfather series or Goodfellas, because they honestly portray gangsters as the worst of humanity and don't serve up power tripping wish fulfillment or glamorize the subject.And make no mistake, I love Goodfellas. It's exhilarating cinema. Fukasaku's films shattered the old style chivalrous ninkyo yazuka films.His film are dense and disorienting. The dvd boxset comes with a map of the crime families and major players. So yeah, sorry, you will learn something about Japanese crime, society and film. But it's soooooo worth it.
Here's a few pics of the boxset, I'm going to dive into some more Fukasaku crime films and will do some more babbling here when I finish up.