11. Youth Of The Beast (1963)

Director: Seijun Suzuki

To the film’s credit, the protagonist in Youth Of The Beast is incredibly badass. Jo (played Joe Shishido) shows up to the syndicate's headquarters and starts cracking skulls, and points a pistol at the boss’s dome as he politely asks for a job. After scoring the gig, he does the same at a rival gang's HQ, inciting an all-out war. With elements of film noir, Youth Of The Beast is an outlandish visual extravaganza that clearly influenced the likes of Takashi Miike.