Hard Romanticker

Hard Romanticker

By Artsploitation Films



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There isn't any gay content in Hard Romanticker, but lead actor Shôta Matsuda is such a cutie-pie that we thought we should spread the word.

Based on director Su-yeon Gu's semi-autobiographical novel, Hard Romanticker is a spectacularly violent gangster movie that delivers its story with equal amounts of style and carnage. Dripping James Dean-like cool, bleach blond Gu (Shôta Matsuda) is a young, cocky Korean-Japanese hoodlum living in Japan. When someone "accidentally" kills the grandmother of a ruthless rival thug, Gu soon finds himself on the receiving end as he becomes the target for bloody, even deadly, revenge. And it doesn't help that the police are on his tail as well. What's a snarly, cigarette-puffing thug to do? With tons of ultra-violence, rampaging youths and nihilistic retribution, Hard Romanticker is a sort of a modern-day A Clockwork Orange - yakuza style!.

Reasons to Buy

  1. "Cockily amoral and unsparingly violent... with stylistic pizzazz and humor as dry as a shooter..." ? Maggie Lee, Variety
  2. "Gu's direction is both stylish and gritty... with an offbeat, almost beatnik vibe at times. Hard Romanticker is definitely the best youth violence film from Japan in recent years." - James Mudge, www.beyondhollywood.com
  3. "Endlessly entertaining, Hard Romanticker is a fast paced, visceral gangster film with plenty of hard-knuckle fight scenes that will surely garner cult-status in the near future. - Twitch.com

DVD Features

8 Page Collector's Booklet That Includes An Essay On Hard Romanticker, a Study Of Toei Studios' Yakuza Films by Japanese Cinema Expert Patrick Macias And A Gallery Of Original Toei Film Posters


  • Director: Gu Su-Yeon
  • Producer: Masahiro Harada
  • Producer: Kimio Kataoka
  • Writer: Mitsunori Gu
  • Writer: Su-yeon Gu
  • Length: 1 hrs. 49 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Jan 29 2013
  • Added: Nov 28 2012
  • Production Year: 2011
  • TLA SKU: 1635061
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 854555004026
  • Catalog #: DV34678602


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Review by Stone Davis

By: Stone Davis
In-House Review - May 31 2013
Ultra-violent, raucous and, at times, hilarious, Hard Romanticker manages to be both very disturbing and breezily fun at the same time. The story follows a handsome young thug named Gu who lives by his own code and ends up pissing off every tough guy... Read More

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