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19 May
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Out of Competition: "Young Yakuza" by Jean-Pierre Limosin

the 19.05.2007 at 12:00 AM - Updated on 25.05.2007 at 7:19 PM

French director Jean-Pierre Limosin returns to the Cannes Festival for the first time since 1998, when he presented Tokyo Eyes in the Un Certain Regard section. This year, he has brought the feature-length documentary Young Yakuza, to be screened Out of Competition. Filmed over an 18-month period, Young Yakuza explores the Japanese crime underworld, through the portraits of two figures: 20-year-old Naoki, a new recruit of the Kumagai crime organization, and his boss, confronted by new social trends which are gradually edging out the yakuza gangsters.

Because cameras are traditionally prohibited from this world, the director had to establish a climate of trust with the clan he filmed. He and the gang boss were able to agree on certain rules: "I came to Mr. Kumagai with a set of rules and principles so that the project could be completed. We agreed that I’d refrain from filming their illegal operations, as our point wasn’t to conduct a TV investigation but rather, make a film."

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