It’s the 1970’s in Tokyo, Japan and the streets are awash with yakuza, fighting and blood.
Fresh out of prison Okita Isamu, Bunta Sugawara (“Spirited Away”, “Tales From Earthsea”), finds himself back on the streets of Kawazaki. Except, these aren’t the streets he remembers, things have changed, but he hasn’t.
He finds his old gang and sets to re-establishing himself on the scene, with the help of Asao Koike (“Throne Of Blood”, “Shogun’s Ninja”), a former gangster who encourages him to form his own gang and fight for a territory.
Kawazaki is ruled by two gangs already though, neither take lightly to this young upstart making hell in their back yard, though Boss Yato, Noboru Ando (“Violent Fraternity”, “Violent City”), takes a shine to Okita as he reminds him of himself, when he was younger.
He half-joins Yato’s gang but this means he’s not as involved in the day-to-day. He’s bored, just sleeping around and drinking, trying to keep a prostitute, Mayumi Nagisa (“Kiru”, “Zatoichi’s Flashing Sword”), at bay. A woman he has a tumultous relationship with.