“DETECTIVE BUREAU 2-3 GO TO HELL BASTARDS”— Redefining Japanese Crime Drama

“Detective Bureau 2-3 Go to Hell Bastards!”

Redefining Japanese Crime Drama

Amos Lassen

Seijun Suzuki’s “Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!” is a ‘hard hitting, rapid-fire yakuza film that redefined the Japanese crime drama.’

Detective Tajima (Shishido Jo) is tasked with tracking down a consignment of stolen firearms and as the investigation progresses things take an anarchic, blood-drenched grudge match. This is a rapidly paced, darkly funny, and stylish film that I predict will achieve cult status one day. “Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!” is also cheesy and mundane. An annoying jazz-pop score bounced around as our star grimaced across the screen, looking more like a man with the runs than a man on. Tajima is a freelance PI who wants in on the shady dealings of the underworld and convinces the police to let him go undercover and work his way into this new mysterious gang. He finds his way into their cool garage and in the rest of the film, the yakuza are suspicious to the point of overkill.

Shishido Jo is as tough and debonair as he finds his way through a seemingly endless stream of hoodlum warriors. I understand that this is a parody of the whole yakuza/police drama but often the acting is stiff and the humor is just not always and I believe that is because the film did not age well. The idea of broadcasting live a prisoner’s release where gangs of yakuza await outside the police headquarters is classic but it is also over the top. Also, the fact they have yakuza with swords is funny in that whole yakuza thinking they are modern-day samurai. It is a B movie and has its moments but overall it just doesn’t date well.


High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation

DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Newly translated optional English subtitles

Interview with historian and Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns

Gallery of original production stills

Theatrical trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

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