14. Ryuji (1983)

Director: Toru Kawashima

Starring Shoji Kaneko, who unfortunately succumbed to cancer one week after the film’s release, Ryuji is a drama portraying a young yakuza’s life after jail. Once free, Kaneko's character attempts to leave the criminal world for the sake of his loving wife and daughter. What sets Ryuji apart is its presentation of a hardended criminal who's also fragile. The performances, especially Kaneko's (he joined a real gang to properly research the role), truly brings Toru Kawashima film to life.