Eiichi Ono (小野 榮一, Ono Eiichi, December 6, 1924 – June 16, 1987), better known by his stage name Kōji Tsuruta (鶴田 浩二, Tsuruta Kōji), was a Japanese actor and singer. He appeared in almost 260 feature films and had a unique style of singing. His daughter, Sayaka Tsuruta, is an actress.
Movies & TV shows
The Imperial Navy
The true story of the final voyage and ultimate destruction and sinking of the battleship Yamato, Japan's greatest flagship during the Second World War, is being told in a lavish retelling.
Gate of Youth
The story of Shinsuke, a young man who lives through a stormy life as a poverty-stricken coal miner. Ranging from Shinsuke's infanthood to his mid-teens. Coal workers and the mines dominate nearly eve...
1 TV show
The Lion Era
Both the Satsuma Clan and the Aizu Clan survive through the Edo period and the Meiji Restoration.
Dog of Fortune
Goro embarked on a journey from Hokkaido to Tokyo. With the loss of his master who held a secret to a weapons smuggling case and the corruptions of those who are involved, Goro's adventure unfolds.
Down with The Big Boss
In pre-war Japan, two members of a large yakuza syndicate initiate a turf war that embroils the highest levels of Tokyo's underworld.
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Proof of the Man
When an American is murdered in a Japanese inn, Tokyo police detective Munesue follows the trail of the killer to New York. There is a New York City detective named Shuftan who is with him.
Yakuza War: Japanese Godfather
The domestic needs of the leader's daughters need to be balanced with his violent tactics for the rough streets of 1960s Tokyo.
Japanese Humanity and Justice
When a mob boss retires under political pressure, his successor and yakuza family are tested to their limits as new alliances and enemies are formed.
Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon
An American drug syndicate has hired a ruthless assassin. He wants to get rid of the criminal mastermind. Detective 'Smitty' Smith is determined to stop it. Hong Kong's violent streets are the subject...
Father of the Kamikaze
Vice admiral Takajiro Ohnishi knew that Japan's defeat in WWII was inevitable. The only way to force a negotiated solution was to convince the Americans that invading Japan would cause a lot of casual...
The Hard Core Criminal
In the 20th century, the Japanese government exploits prisoners as expendable slave laborers in a coal mine, which results in conflict between the prisoners and the warden to escalate.
Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: The Traitor Shall Die
The last film in the series.
Organized Crime: Killer's Glory
A professional lone-wolf hitman comes to his blood brother's aid when his boss is brutally murdered by an unknown yakuza faction.
When the successor to Soke was selected, there was a conflict between the Kitakyushu and Wakamatsu.
The Kanto Scarlet Cherry Gang
The Ni Family is a group of firefighters. When their leader dies, Tsuruji becomes the boss. Will she be able to stop the gang from taking over the area?
Red Peony Gambler: Here to Kill You
The seventh chapter of the stunning Hibotan Bakuto series. Many years have passed since Oryu the Red Peony began her soul-searching journey after her father was killed. In her travels, she meets villa...
Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: Forbidden Love
There is a story about a lone wolf.
The Armed Organization
Violent Gang Re-Arms is a rousing tale of friction in yakuza and labor interactions with Koji Tsurata as a yakuza supervising a dockworker's union. He finds himself between a rock and a hard place, at...
A Scarred Life
Set in Osaka, during the devastated time of post-war Japan, this is a tale of the yakuza who set about rebuilding after the death of their Oyabun (big boss). Battles erupt as tempers explode as someon...
Fate Deals the Card of Death
Seijiro and Shizue meet in Niigata and fall in love. Seijiro has to go back to Tokyo soon after, and they promise each other to meet again a year later. However, Seijiro gets jailed for five years. Un...
A Scarred Life 2: Blood Will Tell
President of the territorial yakuza organization is being manipulated by a crooked leader in the military and some capitalists Ishikiri. The plan is to get multiple family of the organized crime group...
Sympathy for the Underdog
A yakuza gang gets driven out of Yokohama by a big gang from Tokyo. They relocate to Okinawa to violently start over.
Okoma, the Orphan Gambler
Taking place in Shinshu in the 1920s, Tsumakoi Okoma, while traveling to hone her gambling skills, teams up with the vagabond Tsukuba Tsuneji and comes into conflict with gamblers plotting to take ove...
The Path of the King
When the leader of the yakuza gang decides to retire, many of the gang members have no faith in the young man he has chosen to replace him. There is a fight going on.
Gamblers: The Drifter
Gamblers: The Drifter
Japan's Violent Gangs: Degenerate Boss
Terajima, an ex-yakuza and current nightclub owner, is brought back into the world of crime when his former brother attempts a hostile take over.
Rise and Fall of Chivalry
A reformed gangster agrees to help a former yakuza member.
House of Gamblers
Ken Takakura stars as Ryoji one of the Aramasa family's loyal lieutenants whao takes the burden of his family being insulted by the Tanuma's family goons, by retaliating on his own. After injuring the...
Bloodstained Clan Of Honor
It takes place in the sunset days of the yakuza in the 1970s. The postwar turmoil that created the black market and lubricated illegal business opportunities was giving way to Japan Inc. A young Bunta...
The Last Kamikaze
Japanese military leaders increase suicide attacks on Allied ships after World War II. The leader of the Kamikaze squad had second thoughts about suicide runs. When he has to deal with a pilot who won...
A Wad of Notes
A lone gambler tries to keep a yakuza family from taking over a festival in Kitakyushu. After away from his hometown for 13 years, Ryuji comes back and saves the town that is becoming run-down from ya...
Memoir of Japanese Assassinations
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, assassins changed the course of Japanese history.
Red Peony Gambler: Biographies of a Gambling Room
Junko Fuji reprises his role as Oryu the Red Peony, a wandering female yakuza on a soul- searching journey after the death of her father. After collecting her sickly follower from jail, she was taken ...
Japan's Violent Gangs: The Boss and the Killers
An honorable yakuza syndicate deeply rooted in Kyoto fights for survival when a new breed of gangsters threaten their very existence.
The Biggest Gamble
When Honjo is selected as Kansai district's chairman, Iwasa of the rival gang asks Itsuki to do everything possible to have Honjo step down, which puts Itsuki between a rock and a hard place.
Ichibei was assigned by Shogun Tokugawa to prevent the sale of a Dutch ships-load of rifles to the Shogun Satsuma. He met a female spy and a female warrior while on his mission, as well as a Ronin who...
Japan Organised Crime Boss
Yokohama yakuza had to take the lead of his gang after his boss died, coming out of jail and hoping for a quiet life. The small group was taken in a crossfire between a big yakuza group from Osaka and...
A yakuza member embarks on a trail of revenge for his murdered boss. Senzo, the successor of the Mita Family, searches for the man bearing a tattoo of a dragon who is said to be responsible for the de...
The early years of the Showa era were set in a historical film.
In Manchuria circa 1932, a Japanese mobster joins some Chinese mountain bandits.
Code Between Brothers 5
Saburo Kitajima, one of Japan’s most famous Enka singers, returns in the fifth of the Kyodai Jingi series. During the early 20th century, Ryuji from Asakusa, a wandering yakuza, joins the Narumi Famil...
The story of men devoted to the yakuza lifestyle and their struggles during a time of fading yakuza power.
Histories of the Chivalrous
A Kansai gang is up to conquer the whole country under the mask of a patriotic group. However after an assassination their henchmen will struggle to avenge the death of their master.
Sixth entry in the Bakuchi-uchi series.
The Young Eagles of the Kamikaze
The film is dedicated to the souls of flight school graduates killed in World War II. Young boys dream about becoming pilots and apply to flight schools. However, the flight schools have extremely dem...
Story of loyal sailors giving their lives for their country as human torpedoes towards the end of the War.
Hishakaku and Kiratsune: A Tale of Two Yakuza
Uchida's last film was Theatre of Life. At a time when the samurai genre had overtaken the yakuza as Toei's main cash crop, Goro Tanada wrote a gangsterized adaptation of Ozaki's story for Uchida. His...
5th entry in the Bakuchi-uchi series.
The Cheating Underworld
Gangsters are robbed of five hundred million yens.
Big Time Gambling Boss
Tokyo in 1934. The boss of the clan that controls gambling agonizes and some of his followers propose to Nakai to take his place, but he refuses the offer and suggests they choose Matsuda, who is in p...
Red Peony Gambler: Gambler's Obligation
A local boss of a silk farming town shows kindness to a gambler by letting her stay at his house. When a rival gang wants to take over the town's businesses, Oryu is obliged to protect his children an...
Tears of Banishment
Ninkyo with Kôji Tsuruta.
Showdown of Men 2
Code Between Brothers 6
Sixth part of the series.
A war breaks out on the streets between rivalry Yakuza clans.
Gamblers: One Dragon
Gamblers: One Dragon
Gambler: Victory Without Death
Tsunetaro Asakura AKA "Dynamite Tsune" is a talented gambler, but not infallable. After losing his Boss's money in a dice game he repays his debt by serving as a pit boss for a struggling coal mine in...
Three closely associated gamblers have adventures in Yokohama, Hokkaido, and Macao. Gambling trio endure hardships to rescue Naojiro’s family.
Gambler's World 2
Thriller about a gangster and an outlaw who become friends despite their different outlooks.
In World War II, students were trained to become Kamikaze pilots.
The Domain: Kanda Festival Showdown
The Domain: Kanda Festival Showdown
Greatest Boss of the Showa Era
It appears to be one of the very rare appearances of master thespian It in a yakuza role.
Rub Out the Past
A lone wolf tries to eliminate a drug-smuggling operation.
Code Between Brothers 2
The services of a wandering gambler, Seiji, are called upon to protect the turf of his loyal friend Risaburo.
Hanjiro, a one eyed vagrant arrives in Okinoshima to save the town from a violent Yakuza group with the help of six handicapped guys.
Code Between Brothers 3
A man finds great camaraderie while traveling.
Code Between Brothers
Saburo Kitajima is a famous enka singer who plays Katsuji, a traveling craps artist.
Code of Ruffians
The Jinya Group has seven days to complete a mountain road project or it will lose a major dam construction job to the Ojika Group.
Blood of Revenge
Osaka, 1907: Asajiro lives between a rock and a hard place: he has to keep his business clean and running, tame his late oyabun’s hot-blooded son and suffer the throes of his impossible love for beaut...
The Domain: The Naniwa Story
Second film of Makino's Nihon Kyokakuden series set in Osaka's harbor. The series also known as "The Domain" Each a stand alone film in it's own, none are connected other than starring the famous Ken ...
The Domain: Kanto Legends of Chivalry
Third part of Nihon Kyokakuden series is set in Kanto in 1924. Ken Takakura playing a ship's mate befriending fish shop owners harassed by yakuza.
The Kingdom of Jirocho 4
The Jirocho gang is continuing their adventures.
The main character Tachibana Isaburo is released from prison and discovers that his boss is dead. He is offered to become the leader of the group, but refuses. A young fashion villain, a Yakuza boss w...
Jinsei Gekijo: Shin Hishakaku
Third part in Tadashi Sawashima's Theater of Life trilogy.
Gamblers and Racketeers
Komatsu Takioka is boss of a Yakuza group rival to Masakichi Kijima boss of the Kikuya group which supports the town vendors unlike Takioka, who will stop at nothing to undermine the vendors and take ...
The Kingdom of Jirocho 3
Jirocho and his underlings are the third part of the story.
A film about the confrontation between two yakuza groups in the brutal Miike prison, which contained 1,500 inmates. The second film in the series Gambler / Bakuto directed by Shigehiro Ozawa.
The Revenge and the Death
A gritty, noirish gangster saga.
Legends of Honor
Gang Loyalty and Vengeance
A modern gang version of Chushingura, chronicling almost scene for scene the Brave 47 Ronin story, transposed from the Genroku Period to the Showa Era.
The Kingdom of Jirocho 1
The tale of real-life Yakuza boss Shimizu Jirocho is told from his earliest beginnings as a gambler on the road as he forms his gang and sets out on the path to fame and fortune. One of the smartest a...
Life of Hishakaku 2
Upon his release from the prison, Hishakaku joins the Kikkyo family who is struggling to regain their turf from their rival, Domoto family. To reciprocate the kindness of the Kikkyos, Hishakaku heads ...
Life of Hishakaku
After eloping with Otoyo, Hishakaku took refuge in the Kogane family's turf. When he was indebted to Boss Kogane, Hishakakus swore to protect them. Hishakaku's life came to a halt when the Kogane fami...
Gang vs. G-Men 2: Group Safecrack
The second in the Gang series. One of the gang members is an infiltrating cop and they discovered that they were going to steal twenty billion yen.
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There was an attempted coup d'etat led by some officers working for the Ministry of the Defense and the General Staff of the Konoe Division on the eve of the end of the Pacific War.
The Thinking Leaf
The novel of the same name is based on it.
A touching drama about a love triangle between a young architect, Koroku, and two women, Ranko and Teruko. Ranko comes from a wealthy family and is offering to repay Koroku’s family debts in exchange ...
Gang vs. Gang
The plot opens with the hero (Tsuruta) leaving prison, having served time through taking the blame for a fellow gang member’s crime. However, his former gang boss seems to have gone to seed, with peop...
Love at the Fogged Harbor
A bittersweet love story between yakuza Hiroshi and a married woman Reiko.
A man challenges a territorial fight between gangs.
Gang vs. G-Men
Two rival gangs of gangsters clash for dominance of a neighborhood.
As Japan’s Tokugawa shogunate nears the end of its rule, Edo North Magistrate Toyama no Kinsan is called upon to judge the most difficult case of his career. In a masterfully woven tale, he has to fac...
Journalist Kuroki is investigating clandestine arms sales to Southeast Asia. He discovers that the point man in an arms trade was also involved in the cover-up of a murder on an American base during t...
Bride of White Castle
A young girl, Okimi, falls in love with a handsome thief, Kiritaro.
Officer Morgan and a Man of Mystery
Detective Morgan and the Japanese police cooperate to unveil the truth of the mysterious death of Morgan’s friend in Arizona.
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Flower, Storm and Gangster
A group of bank robbers plan a big robbery, but they all plan to betray each other for different reasons.
Law in Ghost Island
Upon his arrival to Dragon Island, ronin Yagi Hanzo, is propositioned by various shady individuals representing rival gangs to lend his services to them. Branded an enemy for his refusal to become inv...
The Last Gunfight
The Japanese police detective Saburo Fujioka was demoted and sent to the city of Kojin. Rival gangs are fighting in Kojin. Fujioka is assigned to investigate the death of the wife of a mobster, probab...
The "Unperishable Sword" is a story based on the novel by Renzaburo Shibata. A complicated tale with dynamic characters, make this samurai who seeks revenge for the death of his master, not your ordin...
Cases of Hanshichi
Detective Hanshichi solves 3 mysterious murder cases.
Sword of Destiny
A samurai seeks revenge for the death of his master.
Scarier than the Devil
A stage director who directs a “Mori no Ishimatsu” play time travels and becomes “Mori no Ishimatsu” himself.
The Sand City in Manchuria
When the plague threatens a small town in Manchuria, a young doctor finds himself struggling to save the lives of his townspeople.
Deep River Melody
A poignant story about a young couple, Setsu and Chozo, who are torn apart to save Setsu's father's restaurant.
The Secret of the Telegian
Men are being murdered by a psycho called "The Telegian," who uses a matter-transmitting device to locate his victims.
Storm Over the Pacific
Lt. Japan's Naval Air Force has a navigator named Koji Kitami. He was a part of the Japanese raid on the U.S. His hometown of Pearl Harbor welcomed him with pride when he returned to the naval base in...
Saga of the Vagabonds
Lord Taro has to deliver a money chest but is robbed by Jibu. After befriending Taro, one of Jibu's men, Rokuro, decided to return the money he stole from Jibu. Taro joined the outlaw band and encoura...
When Sergeant Okubo's brother is murdered at a Japanese outpost in Northern China during the Second World War, Okubo poses as a war correspondent and seeks out his brother's killer.
The Big Boss
Ryuta and Mineo Komatsu are brothers, both yakuza (gangsters). Mineo, although complicit in crime, even murder, wants out of the gangster life, hoping to become a successful singer instead. Ryuta love...
The Loyal 47 Ronin
Japan, 1701. A group of samurai become rônin after their lord is forced to commit seppuku for assaulting a court official, who will become the target of a merciless revenge.
Yagyu Secret Scrolls: Ninjitsu - Part II
In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. There are three scrolls with sec...
The Lonely Swordsman (Part 2)
There was a historical drama about a sleep-eyed ronin.
Period drama based on the novel by Saisei Murō.
Based on the original work by Shuji Hojo, Itohan Monogatari depicts the fate of a clumsy and kind-hearted woman in the Taisho era.
Yagyu Secret Scrolls
In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The secrets must be found among ...
Yakuza boss Furuya leans more and more on his protege Takao Shoji, though Shoji has become romantically involved with Furuya's mistress, Natsue. Furuya himself has fallen in love, with a nurse after h...
The Lonely Swordsman (Part 1)
Historical drama about a sleepy-eyed ronin.
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
Takezo is not a knight anymore. Shogun is the most powerful clan leader in Japan. He was challenged to fight. Takezo agrees to fight Kojiro in a year's time, but lives on the edge of a village. They w...
A Man Among Men
Gangsters Ken and Maki are rivals in the ticket-scalping game. They make an uneasy truce, but Ken wrecks the truce by agreeing to fix a boxing match in which Maki has an interest in one of the fighter...
The Romance of Yushima
Hayase and Sakai are working on a German-Japanese dictionary. Hayase owes a lot to Sakai, as he lost his parents in a war. Hayase has been secretly married to Otsuta, a former geisha, and has not been...
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
After many years on the road, Takezo returned to Kyoto to reestablish his reputation as Japan's greatest fencer. The leader of the school was waiting for him when he came to challenge him. He walks in...
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow
A young man hands in his notice at work and breaks up with his girlfriend in order to pursue his true nature and dream of shaping the world according to his own desires. Against all the odds, he manag...
The End of a Day
The war experiences of the Philippines. Leutenant Hanada is with a local girl. Lieutenant Uji was ordered to shoot Hanada. Uji tracks Takagi, a sharpshooter. As Uji is isolated from the main force, he...
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