18. Graveyard Of Honor (2002)

Director: Takeshi Miike

In 1975, Kinji Fukasaku, a.k.a the godfather of the yakuza genre, directed a movie also called Graveyard Of Honor; Takeshi Miike’s version, though, is an exciting and equally distressing film with much more blood-splatter and unsympathetic cruelty.

The story follows dish-washer Ishimatsu, who coincidentally saves a yakuza boss from an assassin. As a result, he quickly rises through the yakuza rank, which angers other lieutenants and older G's in the organization. To make matters worse, Ishimatsu's sudden power gets to his head, and he starts recklessly killing people, raping women, and indulging in massive amounts of heroin.

Miike's Graveyard Of Honor depicts an underachiever’s luck-driven prosperity can crumble just as fast as his ascension. While the film's violence is blatant, the underlying sadness dilutes the overall chaos, giving Graveyard Of Honor an undeniable sense of depth.