Kamiura meets an early demise in which it's revealed that he's a nightwalker, and he passes on his powers to his frowning protégé Kageyama (Hayato Ichihara) who must oppose the cadre of hired killers who offed his boss. These include The Raid's Yayan Ruhian who serves largely to build expectation to a pay-off that never arrives - there's nothing to rival that film's famous lutte à trois in terms of choreography or entertainment. It's not that Miike is not capable of making the most of his actors' abilities, and Hajime Kanda's camerawork does a reasonable job of capturing the combatants' energy. Instead all of this is rather lost amidst the din of the surrounding hilarity.
By the time the giant frog man - yes, giant frog man - joins the fight, left-field is exploding in the rear view mirror and the genre-hopping continues into classic monster movie territory. It's an undeniable hoot that plays very much to a specific audience but a word of warning: even those that are fans of this kind of ridiculous and farcical actioner might find themselves checking out of Yakuza Apocalypse before their stay is up. Again, with emphasis on the word 'might'.
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