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movie review: Koji Yakusho portrays difficulties faced by ex-yakuza

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Under The Open Sky: Koji Yakusho portrays difficulties faced by ex-yakuza

Based on the award-winning Japanese novel Mibuncho by Ryuzo Saki, Under The Open Sky follows the story of a middle-aged ex-convict named Mikami (Koji Yakusho). Former yakuza (member of an organised crime syndicate) Mikami has spent most of his life in prison, and has just been released after serving 13 years for murder. But he faces many difficulties adapting to this new “clean” life and a society that has a deep-rooted prejudice against yakuza.

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