Blu-ray Review: Retaliation
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Director: Yasuharu Hasebe
Screenwriter: Yoshihiro Ishimatsu, Keiji Kubota
Cast: Akira Kobayashi, Jô Shishido, Hideaki Nitani
Arrow Video
Rated | 94 Minutes
Release Date: May 11, 2015

With 1968’s Retaliation, director Yasuharu Hasebe (Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter) reunites with the inimitable Jô Shishido (Branded to Kill, Youth of the Beast) for a follow up to their 1967 yakuza hit Massacre Gun.

A tale of gang warfare in Japan, Retaliation stars Akira Kobayashi (Battles Without Honor and Humanity, The Flowers and the Angry Waves) as Jiro Sagae, a yakuza lieutenant who returns from prison to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his deathbed.

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Thrashback Thursday: “Angry Neurotic Catholics” By Carnivore
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Carnivore was a thrash band from Brooklyn, New York. The band was short lived, issuing only two full-length albums. Singer/bassist Peter Steele would go on to wider success in the band Type O Negative and as a Playgirl centerfold. “Angry Neurotic Catholics,” which can be listened to below, is from their second and final album Retaliation.

This Thrashback Thursday is dedicated to the memory of Steele, who passed away from an aortic aneurysm on April 14, 2010 at the age of 48.

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