A former Yakuza turned pastor analyzes scenes from Hollywood movies
It is very fair to say that whatever knowledge many people have about the Yakuza comes from pop culture since, like many things that have been taken and twisted over the years, this organization has undergone that same type of makeover that tends to make it a bit ridiculous, not to mention so over the top that myths and legends have hung there for decades. But fortunately there are still those who remember and understand the truth of it, and sometimes they are more than willing to release an honest picture of what happened in organizations such as the Yakuza, or at least will give a different opinion than many people might have wanted to hear. Some people might want to think that the Yakuza is still a massive criminal organization that has its feelers everywhere and controls more than people realize, but hearing the more realistic account of someone who’s actually been there and lives life, it becomes easier to think that movies tell a fiction-oriented story while the truth is distributed in small pieces.
It’s pretty typical of movies as well as TV, because that’s their job, to entertain people using the different elements that they have to work with. It is said that the Yakuza was quite powerful at one time, and those who deal with this material are usually those who make films who are either fascinated by this part of the Japanese culture or intrigued by the criminal element he brings to any given movie or show. Exaggerating the Yakuza for one story or another was bound to happen, because to be fair, people like to hear about the criminal element of any society, because it brings a bit of danger and something out of the ordinary into their lives. . But those who lived it, who lived the real thing, tend to laugh or take offense at what Hollywood is trying to do when it comes to showing some of the life they lived.
If the pastor in this clip is offended, he hides it pretty well because it looks like he’s having a bit more fun than anything as he breaks down each scene and goes over what it was really like to be a part of the Yakuza. It’s actually not that surprising to realize that life in the organization was portrayed with some truth in the movies from time to time, like the finger being cut off and a few other things. But seeing how Hollywood tends to take things so often over the top and develop them into something that most people should be able to watch and discern as unrealistic, there are plenty of scenes that shouldn’t be taken literally. When you understand the distinction between reality and fantasy, it becomes easier to see what is there to entertain the masses and what might have been realistic at one time. To think that corruption still exists to some degree is easy enough, but to think that it continued to exist the way the movies show it is what people tend to want to believe.
How much we believe experts telling us otherwise is a byproduct of history and fantasy that regularly collide, as many people might question the pastor’s word just because they want to believe that life is not as mundane as it seems. . The movies manage to give people a glimpse of something that might have existed the same way in the past, but might not fit well enough to exist in the current world we inhabit. Again, the movies tend to exaggerate a lot, as it’s kind of silly to think of a Yakuza member bringing a sword to a bathhouse unless there’s good enough reason for it. Also, anything bigger than a dagger in a bathhouse can be a bit difficult to conceal given the nature of the place. Details like this are why it’s easier to doubt Hollywood than an individual who was supposed to be there and knows what he’s talking about.
The “How is it real?” the series is a fun look at the reality of things and is a little more entertaining because it uses those who have lived life, who have seen what happens and who are not so offended by what Hollywood produces or who can tamp down enough to enjoy a good laugh at how ridiculous things get. There are a lot of these clips that show the world as it is away from smoke and mirrors, and usually without destroying the effects too much.