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Tyler Cowen considers his favorite Japanese gangster movie: “Should I go with Sonatine? I don’t know them all.”

I don’t know them all either, but in this category I prefer a different Takeshi Kitano movie, Fireworks — or Hana-bi in Japanese — that came out a few years later. There’s a small movie theater next door to the building I grew up in that, back when I was in high school showed tons and tons of gangster and martials arts movies from Japan and Hong Kong so I became surprisingly well-versed in these sub-genres.

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